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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 overview, first billed only:
Capt. William Horatio Ambrose
Harry Locke ...
Frederick Piper ...
Fred Griffiths ...
Bus Driver
Gerald Case ...
William Mervyn ...
John Horsley ...
First Surgeon
Derek Waring ...
Second Surgeon
Newton Blick ...
Bank Manager
Victor Maddern ...
Harold Goodwin ...
Junia Crawford ...


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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Release Date:

21 December 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All at Sea  »

Box Office


$659,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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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Family favorite for years. I am hoping it will come on DVD.
18 February 2004 | by (Llano, CA) – See all my reviews

I have this on tape (from the TV) and hoping it will come out on DVD or VHS. I lucked out one day and taped it. I have never seen it shown since. My tape is wearing out. Help! It is a great comedy and can be enjoyed over and over again.

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