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Alf's Button Afloat (1938)

| Comedy | July 1938 (UK)
Alf discovers that one of the buttons on his uniform is made from the metal of Aladdin's lamp. When he cleans it a genie appears.


Marcel Varnel


W.A. Darlington (play), Ralph Smart (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan ... Alf Higgins
Chesney Allen Chesney Allen ... Ches
Jimmy Nervo Jimmy Nervo ... Cecil
Teddy Knox Teddy Knox ... Teddy
Charlie Naughton Charlie Naughton ... Charlie
Jimmy Gold Jimmy Gold ... Jimmy
Alastair Sim ... The Genie of the Button
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Sgt. Hawkins
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Capt. Driscol R.N.
Agnes Lauchlan Agnes Lauchlan ... Lady Driscol (as Agnes Laughlin)
Glennis Lorimer Glennis Lorimer ... Frankie Driscol
James Carney James Carney ... Lt. Hardy R.M.
Wilson Coleman Wilson Coleman ... Surg-Cmdr. Brown
J.H. Roberts ... Aladdin
Bruce Winston Bruce Winston ... Mustapha


Alf discovers that one of the buttons on his uniform is made from the metal of Aladdin's lamp. When he cleans it a genie appears. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A lot of silly fun
27 March 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

6 mates, all after a buck, end up getting themselves recruited without realising it! They all get their uniforms, and one has a dirty button. No one wants the one with the dirty button, of course, so it gets thrown about until finally Alf is stuck with it. But the button isn't dirty - see at the beginning of the movie we see Aladdin burying his lamp as he is done with it, and then in "present day" (1937) it being dug up and found, and ending up being melted down for metal in a button factory (cue funny inserts of the genie going "hmm, warm in here!") - and the mysterious "dirty" button on Alf's jacket is none other than the melted down lamp, and when he tries to clean it, the genie appears, saying he will grant his every wish. "Strike me pink!" is Alf's exclamation, and the genie does just that. Oh, if only it were in colour! The genie provides a lot of fun for the 6, often getting their instructions hilariously wrong. A groaner, but a must-see.

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July 1938 (UK) See more »

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Zes van de marine See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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