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High and Dry (1954)

The 'Maggie' (original title)
Passed | | Comedy | February 1954 (UK)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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
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Miss Peters
...
The Reporter
Meg Buchanan ...
Sarah
Mark Dignam ...
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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cargo | boat | ship | scotland | airplane | See All (21) »

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A Scotch Mist...A Girl Never Kissed...A Yank Who Missed...and Landed HIGH AND DRY See more »

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Passed | See all certifications »
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February 1954 (UK)  »

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High and Dry  »

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(as R.C.A. Sound System)| (G.B.-Kalee Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film uses real place names up until the Crinan Canal. Once The Maggie passes through the canal, all the place names become fictional. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

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Fear a' Bhàta
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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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