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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 (Sir Richard Attenborough) finds himself literally left holding the baby. Unable to return it ... See full summary »

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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 (Sir Richard Attenborough) 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 (Sir John Mills) 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 »

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Way Back in Tennessee
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Written by Ren Shields and Charley Straight
Sung by John Mills to baby in hammock
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Royal Navy looks after a baby and fails (at making a movie)
17 February 2013 | by sudge2007See all my reviews

My FTA usually puts on great old movies with regularity and I am always eager to watch because I don't see much these days that has any real depth to the story, so I usually chew it up eagerly. So, this afternoon, I was treated to "The Baby and the Battleship". The name put me off a bit, but I saw that the there was quite a stellar cast and decided to stick with it while lying on the lounge and eating a nice hot pork dumpling soup with some jasmine tea (sounds kinda snotty-nose doesn't it?)

Well....that's where it ended.

If you thought that you were getting class with John Mills and Richard Attenborough, forget it. They have done better things when visiting the toilet when they get up of a morning. The whole movie is a milquetoast presentation with a poor shot at Marx Bros. mayhem that misses by quite a bit. From start to finish, the whole plot is just an unbelievable potpourri of badly written comedy, stiff acting and rubbish lines in general. It doesn't surprise me that the movie was panned by critics back in the 50's. What did stand out was the editing of the movie. My wife and I sat and watched the movie thinking that the baby (quite mature) that was used would have been blubbering intensely at the end of most scenes, but I believe that, due to editing, the kid was made to look like a total actor that was in control of itself at all times, which is more than I could say for the grown-ups. The rest of the cast were made to look like badly written cartoons.

Do yourself a favor and give this one a miss. The big names in this movie have made better and this must have been just a quick money-maker while they were in between projects.

It may not seem like it, but I'm lost for words with this one.


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