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You Know What Sailors Are (1954)

Approved | | Comedy | 4 November 1954 (USA)
A fun frolic involving a fake secret weapon (accidentally created during a drinking bout), naval bureaucracy, political maneuvering and the hareem and palace of the exotic eastern country of Agraria.


Ken Annakin


Edward Hyams (novel), Peter Rogers




Cast overview, first billed only:
Akim Tamiroff ... President of Agraria
Donald Sinden ... Lt. Sylvester Green
Sarah Lawson ... Betty
Naunton Wayne ... Captain Owbridge
Bill Kerr ... Lt. Smart
Dora Bryan ... Gladys
Martin Miller ... Prof. Hyman Pfumbaum
Michael Shepley ... Admiral
Michael Hordern ... Captain Hamilton
Ferdy Mayne ... Stanislaus Voritz of Smorznigov
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Lt. Comdr. Voles
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Stores Officer
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Stores Petty Officer
Peter Arne ... Ahmed
Sara Leighton Sara Leighton ... Jasmin (as Shirley Lorimer)


Lt. Sylvester Green is making his crooked way shipwards with a couple of naval colleagues after a night's drinking and along the way they collect an old pram and three brass balls from a pawnbroker's shop. Passing the foreign vessel Agraria on the dock they notice some welding equipment and decide to have some fun. They attach the junk to the Agraria and paint it naval grey. Next morning when Green unsteadily arises his commanding officer has noticed the mysterious new equipment and trying to avoid exposure Green identifies it confidently as a '998'. From then on things only get more confused as soon everyone in the navy wants to know why this foreign ship has more up-to-date radar than they do. Green is coincidentally seconded to the Agraria as a radar instructor and soon (through the magical power of coincidence) the Agrarians (and everyone else) believe it is a powerful secret weapon. Green is held prisoner in the rather pleasant environment of the Agrarian palace where the ... Written by Seán Ó Séaghdha

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Release Date:

4 November 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Brilliant film!
28 June 2002 | by peterknottSee all my reviews

I watched the film "You Know What Sailors Are" on a Sunday after the Formula One race on 23 June 2002. The film is about a man who serves as a lieutant who goes on a drinking spree and get drunk. He with some of his friends strangely picks up a odd shaped 3 brass balls and a pram and welds them to the Algarian ship. The man then said that the odd object is called 998 and is a advanced spy radar. This then leads him in trouble with the Navy, Algarian president who later uses the 998 to sell to countries to make money. Overall it is a brilliant and enjoyable film, yes it was made in 1954 but a real classic!

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