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All at Sea (1957)
"Barnacle Bill" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  21 December 1957 (USA)
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A seasick sea captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain William Horatio Ambrose
Irene Browne ...
Maurice Denham ...
Crowley
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Tommy
Victor Maddern ...
Figg
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Chailey
Harold Goodwin ...
Duckworth
Richard Wattis ...
Registrar of Shipping
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Garrod
George Rose ...
Bullen
Lloyd Lamble ...
Superintendent Browning
Harry Locke ...
Reporter
Mike Morgan ...
Larry
Max Butterfield ...
Phil
Donald Churchill ...
Roy
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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

When Ambrose arrives in France a close-up shot shows him taking the cotton wool out of his ears. In the next shot the cotton wool is still in his ears. 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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Performed by Sinfonia of London
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Great fun
30 March 2004 | by (Middle America) – See all my reviews

Saw this as "All At Sea" in the mid 1980's and actually had a copy from TV on tape, but lost it. I'd love to have a copy in my video/DVD library, but none to be found... Really fun and a great cast. Guinness plays the part(s) well, and there are lots of familiar faces if you are at all familiar with British comedy, or British Films in general for that matter. I believe that "All At Sea" was the US Title (US release also in 1957). It is interesting to note that it was made the same year as "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and that Percy Herbert also shares the screen with Guinness in both films.


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