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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Baker
... Susan Lashwood
Brian Reece ... Peter Fraser
... Jane Godfrey
A.E. Matthews ... Admiral Sir Maximillian Godfrey K.C.B.
... Mary
Lionel Murton ... Psychiatrist
Reginald Beckwith ... Receptionist
Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Willy Oughton-Formby
Ronald Shiner ... Salty Simpson
Peter Coke ... Lieut. Lashwood
... Lieut. Dobson
Tom Gill ... Petty Officer
Howard Williams ... Sub Lieutenant
... 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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Naval Comedy all at Sea
20 March 2006 | by See 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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