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All at Sea (1957)

Barnacle Bill (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 21 December 1957 (USA)
A seasick sea captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. William Horatio Ambrose
Harry Locke ...
Reporter
Frederick Piper ...
Barman
Fred Griffiths ...
Bus Driver
Gerald Case ...
Commander
William Mervyn ...
Captain
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First Surgeon
Derek Waring ...
Second Surgeon
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Cashier
Newton Blick ...
Bank Manager
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Mrs. Barrington
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Tommy
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Figg
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Duckworth
Junia Crawford ...
Evie
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Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of distinguished sailors...but is all too susceptible to seasickness. After the war, he buys himself a nautical command on shore; a decrepit amusement pier at the British resort town Sandcastle-on-Sea, whose prim town council has outlawed arcade games as a form of gambling! Running the pier like a naval vessel, the captain's determination to make it a modern, going concern meets steady opposition. But with an unexpected new ally, he pursues a remarkable scheme to liberate his "ship" from land authorities... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The captain preferred the merry times on land to the mermaids at sea !

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21 December 1957 (USA)  »

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All at Sea  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$659,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$405,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$950,000, 31 December 1958
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1.85 : 1
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He approaches the character in a completely serious manner and the results are marvelous.
7 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've enjoyed most of the Alec Guiness films, especially The Ladykillers. I must say that I wasn't expecting much from this film and it was only because the VCR did not get turned off that I saw it. I believe it to be one of the most amusing films I've ever seen and one of Guiness' best. He approaches the character in a completely serious manner and the results are marvelous. The incongruity of a naval man who gets seasick and dock turned into a "ship" are very funny. At first, the character seems stiff and military, but he is anything but. One of the best scenes is of him dancing with teenagers. Every one of Guiness' Ealing Studios films are gems, but this is the top. This needs to be put out on DVD/VHS.


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