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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Edwards ...
Sophie Clutterbuck
Primrose Porterhouse
Bluebell Porterhouse
Mrs. Willis
Joan Haythorne ...
Mrs. Porterhouse
Campbell Cotts ...
Ambrose Porterhouse
Clara Willis
Noelle Middleton ...
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Mr. Quilp
Robertson Hare ...
A.E. Matthews ...
Crabtree, 1st Old Gentleman
Miles Malleson ...
Baskcomb, 2nd Old Gentleman


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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

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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Music by Otto Nicolai
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Bad film of a good book
16 March 2007 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Seldom have I seen a film this bad, no matter that the book it is based on is one of my favorites. It begins OK, but then turns into a bad slapstick movie, dated in every way - even Ed Wood's films are better!

Nothing basically wrong with the acting, nothing very wrong with the photography (the colors have aged badly, though), the sets, or the wardrobe, but it is far more dated in every way than any other film I can think of. Very fiftyish, very safe, very boring!

Ken Annakin has made a few good films throgh the years, like "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes", but this is definitely not one of them!

As a whole the girls do a better job than the males - even when trying to laugh the the three men just sound very amateurish! Their battles with the tent and the boat is just silly, not funny, and as my wife commented: "Men can be stupid, but not that stupid"!

Overall, the dog wins as best actor, by a wide margin!

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