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The Baby and the Battleship (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1 February 1957 (Ireland)
After a pierside mix-up with the Italian family of his fiancée, Able Seaman Knocker White finds himself literally left holding the baby. Unable to return it before his ship sails, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Jay Lewis

Writers:

Anthony Thorne (novel), Jay Lewis (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Puncher Roberts
Richard Attenborough ... Knocker White
André Morell ... Marshal (as Andre Morell)
Bryan Forbes ... Prof. Evans
Michael Hordern ... Capt. Hugh
Ernest Clark ... Cmdr. Geoffrey Digby
Harry Locke ... CPO Blades
Michael Howard Michael Howard ... Joe
Lionel Jeffries ... George
Clifford Mollison ... Sails
Thorley Walters ... Lt. Setley
Duncan Lamont ... Master-at-Arms
Lisa Gastoni ... Maria Vespucci
Cyril Raymond ... P.M.O.
Harold Siddons Harold Siddons ... Whiskers
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Storyline

After a pierside mix-up with the Italian family of his fiancée, Able Seaman Knocker White finds himself literally left holding the baby. Unable to return it before his ship sails, he enlists the help of his best friend Puncher Roberts to smuggle the child aboard. But babies are surprisingly demanding, and gradually the whole crew is drawn into helping keep it fed and washed, and undiscovered. Even so, the officers above deck start to puzzle over the increasingly strange happenings on-board. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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baby | sailor | navy | based on novel | See All (4) »

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It all starts when a sailor's left holding the baby!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Beba na brodu See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the making of this movie, Screenwriter Bryan Forbes saw Sir Richard Attenborough greedily stuffing his mouth with chocolate and remarked, "You look like Billy Bunter!", a reference to a greedy character in a series of school stories (popular in the 1940s and 1950s) written by Frank Richards. The nickname "Bunter" stuck with Attenborough forever after, and he even played a character nicknamed "Bunter" in Breakout (1959), one of whose scriptwriters was Forbes. See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Tattooed Lady
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Traditional
Sung by John Mills
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INNOCENT SHENANIGANS.
21 July 2001 | by doireSee all my reviews

The Baby and The Battleship is one of those movies that can be instantly forgotten about as soon as the end credits roll. It is an innocent film for an innocent audience - no blood, no gore, no violence, no profanity, no sex, no anything much. Still, it is worth a look, if only to spot some famous names in the days of their relative youth - Richard Attenborough, John Mills, John Le Mesurier, et.al. Not great nor terribly funny but it does have a few light-hearted moments that warm the heart.


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