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Three Cockeyed Sailors (1940)

Sailors Three (original title)
Passed | | Comedy, War | 4 July 1941 (USA)
Three British sailors find they've accidentally strayed on board a Nazi ship during WWII. They then proceed to take it over and requisition it for the Royal Navy.


Walter Forde


Angus MacPhail (screenplay) (as Angus Macphail), Austin Melford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Trinder ... Tommy Taylor
Claude Hulbert ... Admiral
Carla Lehmann ... Jane
Michael Wilding ... Johnny
James Hayter ... Hans
Jeanne De Casalis ... Mrs. Pilkington
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Prof. Pilkington
Brian Fitzpatrick Brian Fitzpatrick ... Digby
John Laurie ... McNab
Harold Warrender Harold Warrender ... Pilot's Mate
Eric Clavering Eric Clavering ... Bartender
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Best Man
Julian Vedey Julian Vedey ... Resident of Tangier
John Wengraf ... German Captain (as Hans Wengraf)
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... German Commdr.


Three British sailors find they've accidentally strayed on board a Nazi ship during WWII. They then proceed to take it over and requisition it for the Royal Navy. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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BRITAIN'S NEW FILM FUNSTER! (Australian poster - all caps)


Comedy | War


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English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

4 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Cockeyed Sailors See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Derek Elphinstone is listed as "Derek Elphinsone" in the opening credits. See more »


Followed by While Nero Fiddled (1944) See more »


Sing A Happy-Go-Lucky Song
Music by Harry Parr Davies (as Harry Parr-Davies)
Lyrics by Phil Park
Performed by Tommy Trinder (uncredited)
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minor Ealing comedy
23 September 2015 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I felt that I should correct some of the errors made in a previous review.This film was released in December 1940.The film was therefore made after the fall of France and therefore unlikely to be affected by attitudes of the Phoney War.Ealing portrayed the Nazis as buffoons well into the war.An example being The Goose Steps Out starring Will Hay.Also the end title displaying the British flag dates back to the thirties.This film is primarily a vehicle for the comedian Tommy Trinder.It is very apparent from this film that he is no actor but primarily a music hall comedian.Claude Hulbert is by far the most accomplished actor in this film.Michael Wilding is at the early stages of his career and it shows.I wondered if this film was maybe inspired by the sinking of the Graff Spew off Montivideo.Anyway it is fairly uninspired.In fact Ealings most famous war film was Went The Day Well which is still screened today unlike this film which is very much forgotten.

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