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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)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Douglas ... Calvin B. Marshall - the American
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
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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>

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

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Trivia

Filmed on location outside of Glasgow Central Station and on the river Clyde. See more »

Quotes

The Wee Boy: [Loading cargo] Hamish, d'ye see this? Four baths! All on the one island!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Wife She Brewed It
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Traditional
Arranged by Dock Mathieson
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Classic Ealing, Classic Writer
30 April 2007 | by fung0See all my reviews

I feel extremely fortunate to have finally caught up with this beguiling little film. Good enough to rank among Ealing's best works, it has undoubtedly improved with age, giving us a snapshot of a time before technology shrank and homogenized our world.

It's worth noting that this film is the work of screenwriter William Rose, who had created the delightful Genevieve a year earlier, and would go on, amazingly, to pen It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World some ten years later, and win an Oscar for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner a few years after that.

It's unfortunate that movie fans track actors and directors so much more closely than writers. The Maggie, no less than his other works, proves that Rose deserves to be remembered one of the great geniuses of film comedy.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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1.37 : 1
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