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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 »



(screenplay), (based on the stage play "Off the Record") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Reece ...
A.E. Matthews ...
Joan Sims ...
Lionel Murton ...
Reginald Beckwith ...
Desmond Walter-Ellis ...
Ronald Shiner ...
Salty Simpson
Peter Coke ...
Tom Gill ...
Petty Officer
Howard Williams ...
Sub Lieutenant
Joan Hickson ...


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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11 October 1957 (Denmark)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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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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Off the Record.
20 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Carry on Admiral is directed by Val Guest and is based on the play Off the Record written by Ian Hay. It stars David Tomlnson, Peggy Cummins, Brian Reece, Eunice Gayson, A.E. Matthews and Joan Sims.

Gentle Brit comedy about two old friends (Tomlinson/Reece) who get drunk and swap clothes and end up being mistaken for the other and thrust into working environments totally alien to them. All told it's pretty thin material before the creak of age old stage boards punctures the air. The cast are good value, undoubtedly, especially old warrior Matthews who was 88 when making this film! While the farce jinks are enough to induce smiles at regular intervals. But really it isn't a hidden comic gem from the treasure trove of either Val Guest or 1950s Brit-Coms. 5/10

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