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Panic in the Parlor (1956)
"Sailor Beware" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  17 December 1957 (USA)
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Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man... See full summary »

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Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man Carnoustie stay with the Hornetts on the eve of the wedding, though Emma makes sure the stag night is a brief one. Next day Albert fails to show up for the wedding. He eventually turns up at the house and confides in the vicar that if family life is anything like the Hornetts he wants no part of it. When the Hornetts are told this Emma declares that she sees that has been a "very wicked woman" and will mend her ways but, as the young couple eventually marry and move into their own house , one wonders how long her change of heart will last. Written by don @ minifie-1

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First full length feature film of Peggy Mount. See more »

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Henry Hornett: [hearing Emma sob from behind the door] Has she been listining! Let me get out of here while I'm still alive!
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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It ain't slick and it ain't funny
5 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While the Americans were churning out witty, urbane and fast moving comedy's, British audiences were treated to this offering. Adapted by a now forgotten screen writer from his own stage play, it was a vehicle for the leather lunged Peggy Mount who bellows at all and sundry. Her husband is a working class cypher, her daughter pretty, but largely irrelevant to the plot, and the two sailors are barely mobile for much of the film. Only the glorious Esmee Cannon, beautifully cast as Mount's spinster sister, and her opposite in all things: physical size, vocal power and popularity, elicits any sympathy from this viewer. There are some good lines , but these do not a 90 minute film make. The stage origins also drag the action down.

I have a nagging suspicion that this farce was already past its sell by date when it was released. I mean, compare it with any of the Boulting Brothers output during this era, and you will see what I mean. The plot has none of the sly social comment often found in films produced at this time. It could be mistaken for a pare-war quota quickie.

There are a number of reasons to pass the time with 'Sailor Beware', but none of them are the plot, acting or production values.


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