6.7/10
69
1 user 1 critic

Stowaway Girl (1957)

Manuela (original title)
A middle-aged steamboat Captain, who believes in a rigorous self-control when it comes to needs, desires, and emotions, slowly falls for a pretty female stowaway.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Ivan Foxwell (screenplay), Guy Hamilton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In WW2,a US lieutenant stationed in India shoots dead a British NCO and admits his crime but his reason for the murder is so bizarre that it puzzles his defense counsel.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Robert Mitchum, France Nuyen, Barry Sullivan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

British Commander Max Easton fakes his defection to the Soviets in order to sue the slandering newspapers for the money he needs to woo a fancy American woman.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: James Mason, George Sanders, Vera Miles
Night Passage (1957)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fired railroad man is re-hired and trusted to carry a ten thousand dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson
Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1941 during the desert war in Abyssinia the Italian captain Blasi and the British major Richardson alternate between being bitter enemies or best friends depending on the circumstances.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: David Niven, Alberto Sordi, Amedeo Nazzari
Room 43 (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Cabdriver Constantine falls for French girl mixed up with white slave ring, eventually helps to liberate her.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Diana Dors, Herbert Lom, Eddie Constantine
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An insurance investigator is looking for a stolen priceless medieval Russian icon.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Michael Brandon, David Carradine, Arielle Dombasle
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, William Hartnell
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German P.O.W. camp housed in a Medieval castle.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: John Mills, Eric Portman, Christopher Rhodes
Charley Moon (1956)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Life and loves of a country boy who makes it on the London stage, but misses home.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Max Bygraves, Dennis Price, Michael Medwin
Comedy | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

Directors: Guy Hamilton, Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier
The Intruder (1953)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ex regimental commander Colonel Merton catches one of his former NCOs burgling his house and investigates to find the reason behind this desperate act.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Michael Ripper, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Williams
The Ringer (1952)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A criminal master of disguise nicknamed The Ringer is out for deadly revenge against a treacherous London lawyer who is under police protection.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Herbert Lom, Donald Wolfit, Mai Zetterling
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... James Prothero
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Bleloch
Donald Pleasence ... Evans
Jack MacGowran ... Tommy
Warren Mitchell ... Moss
Harcourt Curacao Harcourt Curacao ... Wellington Jones
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... Murphy
Pedro Armendáriz ... Mario Constanza (as Pedro Armendariz)
Juan Carolilla Juan Carolilla ... Official
John Rae John Rae ... Ferguson
Roger Delgado ... Stranger
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Pereira
Elsa Martinelli ... Manuela Hunt
Max Butterfield Max Butterfield ... Bliss
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Cook
Edit

Storyline

A middle-aged steamboat Captain, who believes in a rigorous self-control when it comes to needs, desires, and emotions, slowly falls for a pretty female stowaway.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The price of passage was more than even Manuela would pay. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1957 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Stowaway Girl See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Two endings were shot while the film was being made so that the choice of ending could be made when filming was completed. As it was the film was released in Britain with one ending and in Europe with the other. See more »

Quotes

James Prothero: Get on in the world; that's all the poor fool thinks of. But he never will. Do you know who does? A man who can buy himself a part of some stinking scow, man her, and hire some poor devil like me to run her. Then sit back in his office and watch the dollars roll in. He can't lose. After a while, the bottom will fall out of her but that's alright. If I get her home, they buy me a bottle of whisky, if I don't the insurance will pay for the lot.
Pereira: You are sad tonight, Senhor Commandante, eh?
James Prothero: No, I'm...
[...]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Manuela - a sailor's dream.

This is one of those films that you see on an oldies station that plays some of those forgotten British black and white gems in amongst potboilers such as the "Carry On" series. "Manuela" is pure character study with a cast that brings depth and humanity to each portrait. At its center is Trevor Howard as the captain of an antiquated steamboat and a crew of disparate misfits. His façade as a crusty, cynical, misanthropic, disciplinarian is shattered by the arrival of Manuela, a young female disguised as a new crew member. The cast includes acting luminaries such as the ever enigmatic oddball and slightly sinister, Donald Pleasance, the life force that was Pedro Armendariz (Best remembered as James Bond's Turkish contact, Kerim Bey, in "From Russia With Love") and even Warren Mitchell before he became the abusive curmudgeon, Alf Garnett, in "From Death Do Us Part".

The center of attention is Elsa Martinelli as Manuela. She is luminous. She is childlike and wildly passionate. Her figure is willowy and her face elfin. In short, she is irresistible, especially when you have been condemned to working on a steam ship running between seamy sailing ports of South America and England.

There is a real sense of the heat, sweat, steam and coal dust and the dangers and hardships experienced by sailors on some of the old steam tubs. The black and white photography highlights the dank, dark recesses of the ship and the sweat and grime on the faces of the crew.

This is a tough film about tough men and that is what makes captain Prothero's love for Manuela so genuinely felt. Something unexpectedly beautiful has come into his life and he knows it. Trevor Howard expressed this depth of feeling without sentimentality.

I highly recommend "Manuela" to those who enjoy those old films that were made with such integrity and skill.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed