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All at Sea (1957)

Barnacle Bill (original title)
A seasick sea captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. William Horatio Ambrose
Harry Locke ...
Reporter
Frederick Piper ...
Barman
Fred Griffiths ...
Bus Driver
Gerald Case ...
Commander
William Mervyn ...
Captain
John Horsley ...
First Surgeon
Derek Waring ...
Second Surgeon
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Cashier
Newton Blick ...
Bank Manager
Irene Browne ...
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Tommy
Victor Maddern ...
Figg
Harold Goodwin ...
Duckworth
Junia Crawford ...
Evie
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Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of distinguished sailors...but is all too susceptible to seasickness. After the war, he buys himself a nautical command on shore; a decrepit amusement pier at the British resort town Sandcastle-on-Sea, whose prim town council has outlawed arcade games as a form of gambling! Running the pier like a naval vessel, the captain's determination to make it a modern, going concern meets steady opposition. But with an unexpected new ally, he pursues a remarkable scheme to liberate his "ship" from land authorities... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The captain preferred the merry times on land to the mermaids at sea !

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21 December 1957 (USA)  »

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All at Sea  »

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$659,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Alec Guinness served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. See more »

Goofs

The rat seen abandoning the R.M.S. Arabella is obviously an animated model. See more »

Crazy Credits

Against a background of high seas, the opening credit text rolls with the waves, up off the screen and down under water, with motion so realistic it almost makes the audience seasick. See more »

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Another fine offering from Ealing Studios
4 August 2000 | by (Ghent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Wonderful film with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour. Alec Guiness is excellent as an descendant of a family full of (in)famous captains who has just one little problem to follow in there footsteps: he has a bad case of seasickness! So he decides to buy a 1000 foot pier and run it as a ship. The city-council though has other plans with de seafront and the pier does not really fit into their plans. The Captain can only do one thing: declare his pier as a proper cruise ship! This is a film that fits in with the other small masterpieces made by Ealing Studios in the fifties and I can really recommend it..


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