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The Navy Lark (1959)

| Comedy | 1959 (UK)
Film version of a popular BBC radio show about the incompetent crew of a Royal Navy ship.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Parker ...
Ronald Shiner ...
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Elvi Hale ...
Leading WREN Heather
Nicholas Phipps ...
Capt. Povey
Cardew Robinson ...
Lt. Binns
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Leading Seaman Johnson
Harold Kasket ...
Gaston Higgins
Hattie Jacques ...
Fortune Teller
Reginald Beckwith ...
CNI
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Brown
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Mabel
Richard Coleman ...
Lt. Bates R.N.
Llewellyn Rees ...
Adm. Troutbridge
Clive Morton ...
Rear Admiral
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On the English Channel Island of Boonzey there is a small British Navy base serviced by minesweeper HMS Compton.The task of the vessel and its crew is to sweep the surrounding waters for German magnetic mines leftover from WW2.The task is easy since there are no mines in the local waters.Therefore, the crew spends its time in various ways in order to kill boredom.The skipper, Commander Stanton, spends his time fishing.His second in command, Lieutenant Pouter, spends his time womanizing.Chief Petty Officer Banyard and Leading Seaman Johnson spend their time smuggling booze, in collusion with the local French fishermen.However, their idyllic paradise is about to be shattered when the Navy higher-ups decide to send Captain Povey to assess the usefulness of the base and to decide whether to close it down.Sensing the danger of re-assignment to less idyllic Navy bases, the crew of minesweeper Compton decides to prove that their work in the area is vital, thus leading to their continued ... Written by nufs68

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Leslie Phillips was the only cast member from the BBC Radio series to reprise his role in the film. However Richard Caldicot (the radio show's Captain Povey) makes a cameo appearance in a different role. See more »

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CPO Banyard: [entering room in agitated state] Sir, it's about Lieutenant Binns sir - something has got to be done.
Cmdr. Stanton: [Sympathetically] Well, we know chief, we know.
CPO Banyard: Yes, but do you know what he's done now Sir? He's pinched the jeep. The Milkman's livid.
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Navy Lark is a surely fictitious account of events and goings on in a naval establishment only loosely connected with the senior service. See more »

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Followed by HMS Paradise (1964) See more »

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Classic British Comedy
6 May 2006 | by (Cambodia) – See all my reviews

Here is another great old British comedy from the 1950s about life in the British Navy just after WWII. I believe this film is up there with the Carry on films and "Doctor" series, indeed sharing some of the same cast such as Hattie Jacques, Cecil parker, Nicholas Phipps and Leslie Phillips. The Navy Lark should be given the respect of a release on DVD soon.

I remember watching the movie about ten years ago on TV and thoroughly enjoying it at the time. Its a great put your feet up, disengage brain and enjoy experience.

If you are a fan of Carry on you will also be a fan of the Navy Lark


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