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Whisky Galore (1949)

Whisky Galore! (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 25 December 1949 (USA)
Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

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(novel) (as Compton Mackenzie), (screenplay) (as Compton Mackenzie) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Paul Waggett
... Mrs. Waggett
... Sergeant Odd
... Peggy Macroon
... Joseph Macroon
Gabrielle Blunt ... Catriona Macroon
... George Campbell
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Campbell
... Dr. Maclaren
Morland Graham ... The Biffer
... Sammy MacCodrun
James Woodburn ... Roderick MacRurie
James Anderson ... Old Hector
Jameson Clark ... Constable Macrae
... Angus MacCormac
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Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year. Written by Jörg Ausfelt <joerg.ausfelt@telia.com>

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A Highland fling on a tight little island See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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25 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tight Little Island  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shipwreck that brings whisky to the isle of Todday happens 20 minutes into the film. In the original novel, it occurs halfway through. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Waggett telephones the Post Office, he is unable to get through to the switchboard operator. Seconds later, he is speaking to Mistress Campbell. He could not possibly do so without the Post Office switchboard connecting him. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [describing the inhabitants of Todday as children run out of a cottage] A happy people, with few and simple pleasures.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: By a strange coincidence the S.S. Cabinet Minister was wrecked off the Island of Todday [in the movie] two years after the S.S. Politician, with a similar cargo, was wrecked [in real life] off the Island of Eriskay. But the coincidence stops there, for our story and the characters in it are pure fiction. See more »


Soundtracks

The MacaPhee song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played at the engagement party
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Captain Waggett (aka Mainwaring)
2 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Delightful post-war British comedy illustrating for the umpteenth time the fighting spirit of the "ordinary Joe" (or in this case Jock) when set against the pomposity of the would-be ruling classes. Capt Waggett (Basil Radford) is the real star here as the middle class representative of stiff upper lippery. Surely Jimmy Perry and David Croft must have drawn on him when they were dreaming up the Capt Mainwaring character for the long-running BBC TV sit-com "Dad's Army". Even one of Waggett's lines ("I was waiting to see when you'd spot that", a comment usually made when Mainwaring had just uttered some piece of logistical nonsense) made an appearance. Unmissable example of British comedy rooted in the style that made Ealing so succesful.


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