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The Ship Was Loaded (1957)

Carry-on Admiral (original title)
Two friends get drunk and decide to switch identities. One is a Parliamentary Secretary, and the other is the captain of a ship. The former's lack of sea knowledge causes several ... See full summary »

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Val Guest

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Val Guest (screenplay), Ian Hay (based on the stage play "Off the Record") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Tomlinson ... Tom Baker
Peggy Cummins ... Susan Lashwood
Brian Reece Brian Reece ... Peter Fraser
Eunice Gayson ... Jane Godfrey
A.E. Matthews A.E. Matthews ... Admiral Sir Maximillian Godfrey K.C.B.
Joan Sims ... Mary
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Psychiatrist
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Receptionist
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Willy Oughton-Formby
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Salty Simpson
Peter Coke Peter Coke ... Lieut. Lashwood
Derek Blomfield ... Lieut. Dobson
Tom Gill Tom Gill ... Petty Officer
Howard Williams Howard Williams ... Sub Lieutenant
Joan Hickson ... Mother
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Two friends get drunk and decide to switch identities. One is a Parliamentary Secretary, and the other is the captain of a ship. The former's lack of sea knowledge causes several catastrophes, including torpedoing the First Lord of The Admiralty. Written by anon

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1957 (Denmark) See more »

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The Ship Was Loaded See more »

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George Minter Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ronald Shiner receives a "guest star" credit. See more »

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Opening credits: If any Characters in this Film bear any resemblance to any Characters living or dead, then those characters have no character. See more »

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Naval Comedy all at Sea
20 March 2006 | by karl-a-hughesSee all my reviews

An admiralty civilian and ship's officer get drunk one evening and swap uniforms. The following morning it is a case of hangovers and mistaken identity as each then knowingly undertakes the other's duties.

If you can get over the incredulity that these two men would allow themselves to be mistaken for each other, and go along with this for a whole day, then there's a chance you might enjoy aspects of this movie. But only a chance! A weak lead performance from Brian Reece, and an annoyingly bombastic yet doddery turn out from AE Matthews don't help this thin comedy. It is some of the cameo performances that steal the film - Joan Hickson and Joan Sims make the most of their bit parts, whilst the scene with Alfie Bass and Ronald Shiner steals the show (it provided the only scene I thought funny). It's a shame this is only about one minute long.


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