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The Girl on the Boat (1961)

 -  Comedy  -  January 1961 (UK)
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Sam Marlowe
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Billie Bennett
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Eustace Hignett
Philip Locke ...
Bream Mortimer
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Jane
Athene Seyler ...
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Noel Willman ...
Webster
Reginald Beckwith ...
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Timothy Bateson ...
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Martin Wyldeck ...
J.P. Mortimer
William Sherwood ...
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
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Not a Wisdom movie by formula but still quite good
25 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sam Marlowe travels to America to try and convince his Aunt to rent out her summer house in England. When his Aunt discovers Sam's cousin Eustace is planning to get married secretly she sends them both back to England. On the transatlantic ship Sam meets and falls for Eustace ex-fiancée, Billie and when they arrive in England love is a many confusing thing!

Based on a P.G. Woodhouse play this film is a very different beast from Wisdom's usual films where he plays working class mugs who come good in the end. Here he tries to be the upperclasses and it feels funny seeing him in this type of thing. The film does try to have some of his trademark type of routine but really this is all about the dialogue as the physical aspects have had to be written in.

It is still an enjoyable film and is quite witty. However fans of Wisdom may not appreciate his change of direction (even if was only for one movie). But it does allow those critics of Wisdom to see him in a different type of film (to an extent) and he just about caries it off - mainly thanks to the good cast around him who do fit in nicely with this material.

Wisdom himself seems comfortable in this different role and does well enough, but he does slip easily into his old impressions and falling down routines whenever he gets a chance. Martin is excellent as Bennett and faces such as Briers, Hancock and Cribbins more than make up for the loss of regulars such as Mr Grimsdale and those characters played by Desmonde.

Overall this is not a Wisdom picture by definition and it doesn't quite succeed as a Woodhouse adaptation either. However it is passable as both and is well worth a watch.


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