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The Baby and the Battleship (1956)

After a quayside mix-up with the Italian family of his fiancée, Able Seaman Knocker White finds himself literally left holding the baby. Unable to return it before his ship sails he enlists... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Puncher Roberts
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Knocker White
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Marshal (as Andre Morell)
Bryan Forbes ...
Prof. Evans
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Capt. Hugh
Ernest Clark ...
Cmdr. Geoffrey Digby
Harry Locke ...
CPO Blades
Michael Howard ...
Joe
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George
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Sails
Thorley Walters ...
Lt. Setley
Duncan Lamont ...
Master-at-Arms
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Maria Vespucci
Cyril Raymond ...
P.M.O.
Harold Siddons ...
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After a quayside mix-up with the Italian family of his fiancée, Able Seaman Knocker White finds himself literally left holding the baby. Unable to return it before his ship sails he enlists the help of best mate Puncher Roberts to smuggle the child aboard. But babies are surprisingly demanding and gradually the whole crew is drawn into helping keep it fed and washed - and undiscovered. Even so, the officers above deck start to puzzle over the increasingly strange happenings on board. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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It all starts when a sailor's left holding the baby!

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1 February 1957 (Ireland)  »

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Beba na brodu  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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During the making of this film, Bryan Forbes saw Richard Attenborough greedily stuffing his mouth with chocolate and remarked, "You look like Billy Bunter!" - a reference to a greedy character in a series of school stories (popular in the 1940s and 1950s) written by Frank Richards. The nickname "Bunter" stuck with Attenborough forever after, and he even played a character nicknamed "Bunter" in Breakout (1959) - one of whose scriptwriters was Forbes. See more »

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The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond
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Sung by the sailors returning to the ship
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INNOCENT SHENANIGANS.
21 July 2001 | by (stockholm, sweden) – See all my reviews

The Baby and The Battleship is one of those movies that can be instantly forgotten about as soon as the end credits roll. It is an innocent film for an innocent audience - no blood, no gore, no violence, no profanity, no sex, no anything much. Still, it is worth a look, if only to spot some famous names in the days of their relative youth - Richard Attenborough, John Mills, John Le Mesurier, et.al. Not great nor terribly funny but it does have a few light-hearted moments that warm the heart.


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