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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
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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Guinness served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. 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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A long forgotten underrated Ealing comedy, A little gem
14 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is Brilliant and so funny and typical of the Ealing comedy's with a weird twist mind. The funny parts are Alec guinness's eccentricities, Especially the dancing when he is arrested by the police and also his house on the pier itself, So funny to see him pacing up and down in his LITTLE house quite literally up and down. The Ealing comedy's always seem to have an element of the small people overcoming the adversity's of the large institutions, This film is typical of this by Alec Guinness's sole attempts to fight the decision to pull down the pier. The weird twist is the CRazy idea of running the pier as a ship, and takes a while to get your head round this idea, But once you do you can appreciate the film even more, If you don't well you will think the films a load of old tosh... Love it or loath it... i personally love it.. Incidentally the pier used was the Old pier at Hunstanton that was there before the eyesore they have there now, Not too far from me some lovely shots of Hunstanton as well in the film real nostalgia. Ealing Comedys are excellent and are simply in a league of their own and this I feel should get more recognition, like Ladykillers etc


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