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High and Dry (1954)
"The 'Maggie'" (original title)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  February 1954 (UK)
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An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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the American / Marshall
Alex Mackenzie ...
The Skipper
James Copeland ...
The Mate
Abe Barker ...
The Engineer
Tommy Kearins ...
The Wee Boy
Hubert Gregg ...
Pusey
Geoffrey Keen ...
Campbell
Dorothy Alison ...
Miss Peters
Andrew Keir ...
The Reporter
Meg Buchanan ...
Sarah
Mark Dignam ...
The Laird
Jameson Clark ...
Dirty Dan
Moultrie Kelsall ...
C.S.S. Skipper
Fiona Clyne ...
Sheena
Sheila Shand Gibbs ...
Barmaid
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Storyline

The skipper of a tatty coastal 'puffer' boat cons an American into letting "The Maggie" carry a cargo to a Scottish island. The American soon realises he's been conned but can he stop them ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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It's a New High in Hilarity...When a Scotch Typhoon Meets a Yankee Tycoon and Leaves Him HIGH AND DRY See more »

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Comedy

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February 1954 (UK)  »

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High and Dry  »

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Tommy Kearins, who plays Dougie, was selected for the role after being spotted in a Scouts "Gang Show", working backstage. After being interviewed by Ealing, he spent 3 months filming on Islay. He was paid 3 times what his father made in the Clyde shipyards. See more »

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Calvin B. Marshall, the American: Tell me MacTaggart, are you out of your mind, or is it just you think you've driven me out of mine?
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A Right Little Charmer!
22 March 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Maggie. An underrated, gentle little comedy, the sort of which Ealing are associated with. The storyline packs quite a punch on American capitalism as a tycoon gets to believe that, after cutting corners and underestimating the crew of the 'Maggie', he can buy out his mistake with dollars alone.

Great cast that play a Clydeside crew, that quietly and cannily let things gently take their course. The scenery is more Whisky Galore than the East-end that is the more usual home of Ealing and the nice black and white photography suits the subject well. Pacing is a far cry from the frenetic of The Lavender Hill Mob and lets it story breathe quietly.

It's one of my favourite Ealings. If you haven't seen it, give it a try, you might add it to yours, too!


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