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The Ship Was Loaded (1957)

Carry on Admiral (original title)
Two friends get drunk and decide to switch identities. One is a Parliamentary Secretary, and the other is the captain of a ship. The former's lack of sea knowledge causes several ... See full summary »

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Brian Reece ...
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Joan Sims ...
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Lionel Murton ...
Psychiatrist
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Salty Simpson
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Petty Officer
Howard Williams ...
Sub Lieutenant
Joan Hickson ...
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Two friends get drunk and decide to switch identities. One is a Parliamentary Secretary, and the other is the captain of a ship. The former's lack of sea knowledge causes several catastrophes, including torpedoing the First Lord of The Admiralty. Written by anon

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Not part of the "Carry On..." film series, which began with Carry on Sergeant (1958) and continued via 30 films till Carry on Columbus (1992). See more »

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Opening credits: If any Characters in this Film bear any resemblance to any Characters living or dead, then those characters have no character. See more »

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Naval Comedy all at Sea
20 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An admiralty civilian and ship's officer get drunk one evening and swap uniforms. The following morning it is a case of hangovers and mistaken identity as each then knowingly undertakes the other's duties.

If you can get over the incredulity that these two men would allow themselves to be mistaken for each other, and go along with this for a whole day, then there's a chance you might enjoy aspects of this movie. But only a chance! A weak lead performance from Brian Reece, and an annoyingly bombastic yet doddery turn out from AE Matthews don't help this thin comedy. It is some of the cameo performances that steal the film - Joan Hickson and Joan Sims make the most of their bit parts, whilst the scene with Alfie Bass and Ronald Shiner steals the show (it provided the only scene I thought funny). It's a shame this is only about one minute long.


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