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Watch Your Stern (1961)

 -  Comedy  -  15 July 1961 (Ireland)
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When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round, when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist.

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Ordinary Seaman Blissworth
Eric Barker ...
Capt. David Foster
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Lt. Cmdr. Bill Fanshawe
Joan Sims ...
Ann Foster
Noel Purcell ...
Adm. Sir Humphrey Pettigrew
Hattie Jacques ...
Agatha Potter
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Ranjid - Civilian electrician #1
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Civilian electrician #2
Sidney James ...
Chief Petty Officer Mundy
David Lodge ...
Security sergeant
Victor Maddern ...
Sailor fishing for bike
Ed Devereaux ...
Cmdr. Phillips
Robin Ray ...
Flag lieutenant (aide to the admiral)
George Street ...
Second Security Guard
Peter Howell ...
Admiral's secretary
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When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round, when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist.

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Nothing special but a nice gentle comedy with a good turn from Connor at the head of a starry cast
23 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The crew of a British naval cruiser are assigned the mission of testing the new acoustic torpedo, code named The Creeper. The first test goes well but an accident involving gin, electrical plans for the ship's refrigeration system and bumbling OS Blissworth see the secret plans go up in flames. With the Admiral coming to the ship to view the plans and discuss the trials, Captain Foster and Lt Cmdr Fanshawe have to conceal the destruction from him until they can get the only other copy back to the ship.

Being a Carry On film in all but name, this film has more in common with the gentle humour of the start of the series rather than the crude innuendo of the later years. However this is not to say that it is funny and entertaining because, really it is far too slight to stick in the memory or provide more than basic, dated entertainment. The plot is solid enough to suit the gentle comic tone, although it is hardly the sort of narrative that you will be coming to it for. The laughs are gentle but does enough to provide a pleasant distraction on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon (which is just what it was when I watched it!), just don't expect to be rolling in the aisles with tears in your eyes because it isn't that sort of humour.

The cast help it be better than the material suggests it should be. Connor is given the "dressing up" role to deliver but he does it well and shows a nice comic touch throughout. Barker and Philips play the management-types well and provide some nice laughs. Sims doesn't have a great deal to do but Jacques makes an impression with her usual, boisterous characters. The rest of the cast are good but mainly just given cameo roles to deliver; James, Milligan, Sykes and a few others add some nice laughs and all make good use of their limited screen time. Connor though is the one that stands out and it was nice to see him having the lead with so many other famous names in support.

Overall, not the greatest of films and even fans of the period won't see it as anything more than a slight but fun little comedy. The plot sets up the usual gentle antics and the cast make the most of the comic tone to provide a nice distraction for viewers looking for an old fashioned British comedy to enjoy as part of a relaxing afternoon in front of a nice fire and a cup of tea.


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