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The Adventures of Sadie (1953)

Our Girl Friday (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 1 December 1953 (UK)
Rich Sadie Patch (Dame Joan Collins) is marooned on a desert island after an emergency on her cruise ship. With her are Irish stoker Pat Plunkett (Kenneth More), prickly young Jimmy Carrol ... See full summary »


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Noel Langley (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Joan Collins ... Sadie
George Cole ... Carrol
Kenneth More ... Pat Plunkett
Robertson Hare ... Gibble
Hermione Gingold ... Spinster
Walter Fitzgerald ... Schooner Captain
Hattie Jacques ... Mrs. Patch
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... Mr. Patch
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Barman
Anthony Tancred Anthony Tancred ... Smithers
Michael Meacham Michael Meacham ... Schooner Officer


Rich Sadie Patch (Dame Joan Collins) is marooned on a desert island after an emergency on her cruise ship. With her are Irish stoker Pat Plunkett (Kenneth More), prickly young Jimmy Carrol (George Cole), and bald and bookish Professor Gibble (Robertson Hare). All fancy their chances. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Hermione Gingold received a "Guest Star" credit. See more »


Late during their stay on the island, the skirt of Joan Collins' yellow dress is show to have been torn off in the front at about mid-thigh level, showing off her legs, yet when the rescue boat arrives the dress is not torn, but rather is in near pristine condition. See more »


Mr. Patch: I wish it was opening time.
Sadie Patch: You've only just drunk your lunch.
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Awful but Historically Fascinating
22 November 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Shot on Mallorca (as the credits spell it), the first British feature in Eastmancolor (the process isn't credited on the film, which instead bears the unusual credit "Colour Photography by Wilkie Cooper") as well as being one of the first films in which the leading lady wore a bikini (which she is supposed to have made herself) must have been a tonic to weary audiences suffering through early fifties Britain.

Parts of it resemble 'Age of Consent', also based on a novel by Norman Lindsay (both of which were banned in their native Australia); but Joan Collins is no Helen Mirren and in other ways it again finds itself in the shadow of other, better films. The squabbling that breaks out over Miss Collins rather resembles Sternberg's little-seen 'Saga of Anatahan'; while Kenneth More gives one his worst performances as a drunken Irishman and was much better as 'The Admirable Crichton' a few years later.

The supposedly sophisticated banter is constantly undermined by an awful score by Ronald Binge; although even that acquires resonance in retrospect, since five years later he reworked parts of it as 'The Watermill'.

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1 December 1953 (UK) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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