7.0/10
1,052
23 user 19 critic

High and Dry (1954)

The 'Maggie' (original title)
Passed | | Comedy | February 1954 (UK)
An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Writers:

William Rose (screenplay), Alexander Mackendrick (original story)
Reviews
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan
Hue and Cry (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler
Whisky Galore (1949)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ten year old Sammy travels 4500 miles on his own from the Suez Canal to Durban, South Africa.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Fergus McClelland, Constance Cummings
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Dennis Price
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and various other urban distractions.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Director: Henry Cornelius
Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker
Charley Moon (1956)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Life and loves of a country boy who makes it on the London stage, but misses home.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Max Bygraves, Dennis Price, Michael Medwin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

New York tourist Tony Curtis falls asleep on a Southern California beach on his first night in the West and wakes up to The New Phantasmagoria--catamarans, surfers (including a dog), ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Webber
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Douglas ... Calvin B. Marshall - the American
Alex Mackenzie Alex Mackenzie ... Captain MacTaggart - The Skipper
James Copeland James Copeland ... The Mate
Abe Barker Abe Barker ... The Engineer
Tommy Kearins Tommy Kearins ... Dougie - The Wee Boy
Hubert Gregg ... Pusey
Geoffrey Keen ... Campbell
Dorothy Alison ... Miss Peters
Andrew Keir ... The Reporter
Meg Buchanan Meg Buchanan ... Sarah
Mark Dignam ... The Laird
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Dirty Dan
Moultrie Kelsall ... C.S.S. Skipper
Fiona Clyne Fiona Clyne ... Sheena
Sheila Shand Gibbs Sheila Shand Gibbs ... Barmaid
Edit

Storyline

The skipper of a tatty coastal 'puffer' boat cons an American into letting "The Maggie" carry a cargo to a Scottish island. The American soon realises he's been conned but can he stop them? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

cargo | boat | ship | airplane | engine | See All (16) »

Taglines:

It's a New High in Hilarity...When a Scotch Typhoon Meets a Yankee Tycoon and Leaves Him HIGH AND DRY See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

High and Dry See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (as R.C.A. Sound System)| Mono (G.B.-Kalee Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Much of the film was shot on location on the Scottish island of Islay. See more »

Quotes

Mactaggart, the skipper: [to prosperous merchantmen in a pub] You're very smug with your gold braid and your conventions and your five days a week, but you're no better than hirelings standing like wee bairns in front of Mr. Campbell's big Tess down yonder. You havwn't the freedom of operations that I have. You haven't the dignity of your own command. Less than my boat, there's not a finer vessel in the coastal trade! There's not a finer vessel anywhere!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Best of British: Ealing Comedies (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Cock O' The North
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Dock Mathieson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A vintage comedy - one of the best.
30 March 2004 | by nmorris-2See all my reviews

I remember vividly the first time I saw this film. It was a grey afternoon, spirits were drooping and I felt as dull as the tupperware sky outside. With no great relish, I turned on the afternoon movie - The Maggie - and gently let myself become enchanted. The word "gently" says it all, for this is an uplifting movie, full of charm and the odd brush stroke of pathos. Giggles transform into laughter with this one.

It's an old tale of local knowledge taking on a Corporation - though in a private capacity as Calvin B Marshall is anxious to deliver some domestic appliances, including 4 baths ("What all on one island?" asks the incredulous Wee Boy), to a Scottish retreat, part of his plan to save an ailing marriage. The cargo unwittingly falls in to the hands of the motley crew of a puffer - The Maggie - and then begins a comic chase which is a delight to behold. Once Mr Marshall gets involved in a hands on way, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The lessons may be homely and somewhat prissy now, but it's pleasant to wallow in a social world that could never be. More's the shame for us. Still, it remains a wonderful wish-fulfillment world, touched by the gentlest of humours. A marvellous tonic for escapists.


19 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed