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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.

Director:

Marcel Varnel

Writers:

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

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
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1938 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Zes van de marine See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

At one point on board the gang are cleaning a field gun. Obviously a field gun would not be found on board a ship. See more »

Connections

Remake of Alf's Button (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

A Soldier and a Sailor Too
(uncredited)
Written by Noel Gay
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Mildly amusing but I really think it helps to be British as well as old enough to remember and appreciate them.
17 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the fourth film I have seen by the so-called 'Crazy Gang'--a group of rowdy and low-brow entertainers much like you might have found in American vaudeville or burlesque. And when I call them low-brow, this isn't meant as a pejorative term--they really were attempting to connect to the lowest sort of entertainment much like the Three Stooges. The jokes are NOT the intellectual sort and their antics are a good bit less sophisticated than Martin & Lewis or Abbott & Costello.

Of the four Crazy Gang films I've watched, "Alf's Button Afloat" is my least favorite. Perhaps it's because their humor is something that wears thin after a few films but I also think the jokes just weren't as funny here as they were in "Gasbags" or "The Frozen Limits", though I really did enjoy Alistair Sim's guest appearance in this one.

The film begins with a genie going to sleep in his magic lamp. The lamp has been buried and eventually is discovered...and makes its way to the scrap drive. Then, it's melted down and eventually the essence of this genie (Sim) is made into a common button for the British Navy. When the Gang are all stupid enough to accidentally join the Royal Navy, Alf's coat contains this genie. And, when he tries to polish the button, out pops his genie. The problem is that Alf and his friends are simply too stupid and unimaginative to figure out how to use the genie and the film ends with them wishing they'd never found it in the first place.

The jokes are mostly verbal and come one after another after another. If your idea of funny is a character who lisps heavily or corny word-play then are you in for a treat. Otherwise, I must admit that after a while it became pretty tedious--though there were some funny moments here and there. My feeling is that folks who grew up with the Crazy Gang will be MUCH more forgiving of their humor and younger folks will wonder what, exactly, folks saw in them.


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