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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
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First Surgeon
Derek Waring ...
Second Surgeon
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Cashier
Newton Blick ...
Bank Manager
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Tommy
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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Guinness only made the film as a favor for his friend, director Charles Frend. He later referred to the film as "wretched". 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 »

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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A.K.A. All at Sea
12 November 2001 | by (Geneva,IL) – See all my reviews

This has been a family favorite for years ! It also has waited that long to become part of our movie collection. DVD would be nice Mr. Turner (Hint, Hint) even if in a second movie collection ( FULL versions of Man in the White Suit, The Horses Mouth + All at Sea). Yes, although listed at IMDB as 'Barnacle Bill' it's actual release title is "All at Sea" this story of a sea sick sailor made hero tickles the funny bone and warms the heart. This delightful movie can be shown to all ages something we sorely miss with most of today's films.


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