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Three Men in a Boat (1956)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Romance | 3 May 1957 (Ireland)
Three London gentlemen take vacation rowing down the Thames, encountering various mishaps and misadventures along the way.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Jimmy Edwards ...
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Sophie Clutterbuck
Lisa Gastoni ...
Primrose Porterhouse
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Bluebell Porterhouse
Martita Hunt ...
Mrs. Willis
Joan Haythorne ...
Mrs. Porterhouse
Campbell Cotts ...
Ambrose Porterhouse
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Clara Willis
Noelle Middleton ...
Ethelbertha
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Mr. Quilp
Robertson Hare ...
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A.E. Matthews ...
Crabtree, 1st Old Gentleman
Miles Malleson ...
Baskcomb, 2nd Old Gentleman
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Harris, J, and George decide to take a holiday boating up the Thames to Oxford. Battling against Hampton Court maze, tents, rain, locks, and Henley Regatta the accident-prone threesome have one success anyway - they meet Sophie, Primrose and Bluebell. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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3 May 1957 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Három ember egy csónakban  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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A box office disappointment in its native England, the film was nevertheless enthusiastically received in France. See more »

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Version of Three Men in a Boat (1933) See more »

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Two Lovely Black Eyes
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Written by Charles Coborn
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A poor adaption of a great book
13 March 2006 | by (Bletchley) – See all my reviews

The trouble with this film is it is very much of its time. It's hardly a film of the book, more an excuse to steal a few sparse ideas and try to string them together into a light-hearted comedy.

There's really far too much slapstick, and 1950's style girl-chasing, no real sense of a journey as there is in the book.

I wonder if anyone will ever make a proper adaption of the book, making proper use of JKJ's wonderful anecdotes? It would be tricky to do - they are often about completely different people from the three in the boat, but they are what make the book so good, and they've simply been discarded in the film.

So, in summary, if you've never read the book, you're in for a nice surprise: comedy that is still funny after a hundred years and more, but don't let this film put you off.


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