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All at Sea (1957)

Barnacle Bill (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 21 December 1957 (USA)
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
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First Surgeon
Derek Waring ...
Second Surgeon
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Cashier
Newton Blick ...
Bank Manager
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Mrs. Barrington
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Tommy
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Figg
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Duckworth
Junia Crawford ...
Evie
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Release Date:

21 December 1957 (USA)  »

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All at Sea  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$659,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$405,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$950,000, 31 December 1958
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Guinness plays multiple roles in this film, as he did in his first film for Ealing Studios - Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). See more »

Goofs

When Captain 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 »

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Opening credits prologue: LLOYD'S See more »

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27 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

As a true lover of the Ealing studio films, especially those of Alec Guinness, I am delighted to find this movie on television. Unfortunately, this is the only way one can view it, as it is not available on VHS or DVD. The story of the seasick prodigy of a navel family and his attempts to keep a British "stiff upper lip" in the face of adversity is endearing and hilarious. Also catch The Man in the White Suit, The Lady Killers, and The Lavender Hill Mob. You may also enjoy Hobson's Choice.


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