6.3/10
188
7 user 1 critic

Up the Creek (1958)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 July 1958 (Ireland)
Lieut. Humphrey Fairweather, R.N., in his latest disastrous attempt to prove to the Navy that his rocket invention is better than theirs only succeeds in convincing them that no ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 4 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend a wife murderer.

Director: James Hill
Stars: Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Beryl Reid
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The crooks in London know how it works. No one carries guns and no one resists the police. Then a new gang appears that go one better. They dress as police and steal from the crooks. This ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Angela Barrows, an accomplished business analyst from the US, attempts to contemporise the late MacPherson's tweed factory, shaking the very foundation of a men-only company.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, Constance Cummings
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford
Never Let Go (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A very British comedy about a blackmailer and his victims.

Director: Mario Zampi
Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A former British colony in dire need of economic aid tries to play the British against the Soviets in an attempt to secure economic aid from either side in return for political loyalty.

Directors: Roy Boulting, Jeffrey Dell
Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Luciana Paluzzi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Stars: Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Isabel Jeans
I Like Money (1961)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mr. Topaze ('Peter Sellers') is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sellers
Stars: Peter Sellers, Nadia Gray, Herbert Lom
Hoffman (1970)
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Peter Sellers, Sinéad Cusack, Ruth Dunning
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A naval captain has to deal with dodgy dealings by his crew.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: David Tomlinson, Shirley Eaton, Frankie Howerd
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
CPO Doherty
...
Adm. Foley
...
Lily
Liliane Sottane ...
Susanne
Tom Gill ...
Flag Lieutenant
...
Nelson
Reginald Beckwith ...
Publican
Lionel Murton ...
John Warren ...
...
Howard Williams ...
...
Chippie
Barry Lowe ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Lieut. Humphrey Fairweather, R.N., in his latest disastrous attempt to prove to the Navy that his rocket invention is better than theirs only succeeds in convincing them that no guided-missile station will be safe until he is out of harm's way. The Navy's problem is solved---they think---when it is discovered that "H.M.S. Berkeley", an ancient destroyer now ending her days as the oldest member of the "Mothball Fleet" has been inadvertently left without a commanding officer for nearly two years. Fairweather's appointment is greeted with extreme alarm by the ship's skeleton crew who, under the inspired leadership of their slick, quick-witted and enterprising Irish bosun, have been happily building up a highly profitable business association with the local village. Their base of lucrative racketeering is being threatened with the arrival of Fairweather. But, it is fortunate for the crew, however, that in addition to his very hazy knowledge of a Captain's duties, Fairweather is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sailor | See All (1) »

Taglines:

It Sails Up The Creek Without A Paddle...And Floats Across The Border Of Insanity Without A Passport! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 July 1958 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Een kruiser in de kreek  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Liliane Sottane receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Connections

Followed by Further Up the Creek (1958) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pleasant enough as a time-passer, but nothing more...and like a British version of "McHale's Navy".
6 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Despite being in the Royal Navy, the Lieutenant (David Tomlinson) spends all his time toying with his home-made rockets--with very disastrous results. In fact, he's been bounced from base to base in an attempt to get rid of him. Finally, in a last effort to get him out of the way, he is given his first command...of a ship which is in mothballs. However, what he doesn't know is that during the two years that this aging ship has been without a commander, the crew have run amok--and behaving very, very unlike British sailors. The leader of the commanding officer-less ship has been the CPO (Peter Sellers). The crew are quite reminiscent of the later American TV show "McHale's Navy"--as they scheme, steal and even raise livestock on the boat! Yet, because Tomlinson is pretty daft and focused on his rockets, the crew think that, perhaps, they can continue their wayward ways without his discovering that they're all a group of slackers.

While this is a pleasant enough film, I found one thing a bit annoying--the bouncy soundtrack that was ever-present. It seemed to try very, very hard to create a silly mood--and I don't need the music to keep reminding me this way that it's a comedy--sort of like having a laugh track. Perhaps others won't find this so noticeable, but I sure did.

Tomlinson was nice in the lead as was Sellers, though his performance was more subdued than usual--though the more of his films you see, the more you'll see that he did perform quite a few of these sort of roles in the 1950s.

As for the film, it's not particularly good though it isn't a bad time-passer if you haven't got anything better to do. The plot is a bit far-fetched and silly (not in a good way) and the ending too kooky. But otherwise it's harmless enough. But don't assume that because this is a British comedy of the 1950s that it's anything close to the quality of an Ealing film! Yes, the Brits did manage to make some mediocre comedies during this era and this is one of them.


6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?