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

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A Scotch Mist...A Girl Never Kissed...A Yank Who Missed...and Landed HIGH AND DRY See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

High and Dry See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane seen when Marshall is flying over the "Maggie" is a de Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide, registration G-AJXB. Originally built in 1941 for the RAF as X7370, it was used for transport duty in WWII. It was sold to a civilian company in 1947. At the time of this film it was owned by BEA. Sold and re-sold many times, it flew for awhile in Sweden. It flew to Australia in 1960, where is was destroyed by an engine fire on start-up on March 30, 1968. Over 700 DH-89s of all variants were made from 1934 to 1946. 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!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Cock O' The North
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Dock Mathieson
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Different Pace of Life
1 September 2015 | by AglaopeSee all my reviews

Despite its age this was an excellent old film. It can't fail to entertain virtually everyone.

It's about a dying way of life, with different pace and priorities, but a life they love. This old way of life clashes with a newer way of life with a different pace and priorities.

The often drunken and flawed captain and crew drift through life enjoying themselves, but usually on the wrong side of the law. Ironically often looked after by the youngest member of the crew; the wee boy.

As a result of desperation and deviousness they pick up a cargo from an American tycoon, which they hope will save their little ship for another day. The story centres around trying to deliver the cargo and their battles and clashes with the American.

As well as being an excellent film, the social history is excellent also.


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