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Panic in the Parlor (1956)

Sailor Beware (original title)
Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man... See full summary »


Gordon Parry


Philip King (stage play "Sailor Beware"), Falkland L. Cary (stage play "Sailor Beware") | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Peggy Mount ... Emma Hornett
Shirley Eaton ... Shirley Hornett
Ronald Lewis ... Albert Tufnell
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Henry Hornett
Esma Cannon ... Edie Hornett
Gordon Jackson ... Carnoustie Bligh
Geoffrey Keen ... The Rev. Purefoy
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Lack
Joy Webster ... Daphne Pink
Eliot Makeham ... Uncle Brummell (as Elliot Makeham)
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Edie Martin ... Little Woman In Church
Margaret Moore Margaret Moore ... Little Girl
Barbara Hicks ... Little Girl's Mother
George Rose ... Waiter At Banfield's


Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man Carnoustie stay with the Hornetts on the eve of the wedding, though Emma makes sure the stag night is a brief one. Next day Albert fails to show up for the wedding. He eventually turns up at the house and confides in the vicar that if family life is anything like the Hornetts he wants no part of it. When the Hornetts are told this Emma declares that she sees that has been a "very wicked woman" and will mend her ways but, as the young couple eventually marry and move into their own house , one wonders how long her change of heart will last. Written by don @ minifie-1

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First full length theatrical movie of Peggy Mount (Emma Hornett). See more »


When asked about which side he will sleep on the sofa bed in the front room, Gordon Jackson says he will take "the port side". Later we see him lying on the right side of the bed. See more »


Henry Hornett: [hearing Emma sob from behind the door] Has she been listening! Let me get out of here while I'm still alive!
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Version of Watch It, Sailor! (1961) See more »


Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Languid?
Music by Henry Williams Baker
Words by John M. Neale
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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Great British cinema at its best
19 June 2006 | by susanxxSee all my reviews

Make time to see this classic British film and see the many stars that would become household names in the 60's and 70's. Peggy Mount dominates the film as the 'dragon' as only she could, stealing every scene she is in, with admirable support from her fellow cast members. This film takes you back to a time when your neighbours were part of your family and your doors were never locked as you had nothing to fear. Portraying what was good and decent in a time when the war was still a recent memory, indeed some rationing was still a part of life, this film shows what was expected of people, respect each other and abide by their standards. Other cast members went on to greater things eg Gordon Jackson{Upstairs Downstairs, The Professionals} and Shirley Eaton and Geoffrey Keen became part of James Bond folklore.

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Release Date:

24 March 1958 (Denmark) See more »

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Romulus Films, Remus See more »
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Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)
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