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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 »

Director:

Gordon Parry

Writers:

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

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
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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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1958 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic in the Parlor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romulus Films, Remus See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Emma Hornett: If I get to the wedding at all at this rate, I shall be lucky.
Carnoustie Bligh: [to himself] If you don't, everybody *else* will.
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Connections

Remade as Watch it, Sailor! (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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A little known British gem
26 March 2007 | by vic_flangeSee all my reviews

An absolute classic of its time. Peggy Mount is wonderful to observe as she plays the mother in law from hell (you can keep 'Meet The Parents'. Esma Cannon, the classic comedy regular, is a joy as the brow beaten sister in law, as is Cyril Smith as the henpecked husband who tries to find solace with his ferrets on the back yard, he does goes off the rails occasionally, raising Peggy Mounts temper. Also, keep an eye open for Thora Hird playing the archetypal interfering nosey neighbour. If you enjoy and appreciate British classic comedy films then you shouldn't miss this one, anyone who says otherwise is really missing the point and doesn't understand British comedy at all.


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