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Up the Creek (1958)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 July 1958 (Ireland)
Lieut. Humphrey Fairweather, R.N., in his latest disastrous attempt to prove to the Navy that his rocket invention is better than theirs only succeeds in convincing them that no ... See full summary »

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Lily
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Susanne
Tom Gill ...
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Nelson
Reginald Beckwith ...
Lionel Murton ...
Perkins
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Webster
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Lieut. Humphrey Fairweather, R.N., in his latest disastrous attempt to prove to the Navy that his rocket invention is better than theirs only succeeds in convincing them that no guided-missile station will be safe until he is out of harm's way. The Navy's problem is solved---they think---when it is discovered that "H.M.S. Berkeley", an ancient destroyer now ending her days as the oldest member of the "Mothball Fleet" has been inadvertently left without a commanding officer for nearly two years. Fairweather's appointment is greeted with extreme alarm by the ship's skeleton crew who, under the inspired leadership of their slick, quick-witted and enterprising Irish bosun, have been happily building up a highly profitable business association with the local village. Their base of lucrative racketeering is being threatened with the arrival of Fairweather. But, it is fortunate for the crew, however, that in addition to his very hazy knowledge of a Captain's duties, Fairweather is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It Sails Up The Creek Without A Paddle...And Floats Across The Border Of Insanity Without A Passport! See more »

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4 July 1958 (Ireland)  »

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Een kruiser in de kreek  »

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Liliane Sottane receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

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Lt. Humphrey Fairweather: I'm afraid we're breaking the law.
Publican: Well, even Nelson had a blind eye, hadn't he?
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Early Sellers in a very good military spoof
24 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Comedies about military service were common during the 1950s and 1960s. In Hollywood, most tended to be big film efforts, while in England, they were mostly B films. But that takes nothing away from the entertainment of those films on the east side of the pond. Indeed, "Up the Creek" is a gem of a British comedy. The film is something of a spoof of the Royal Navy in the time after World War II.

This is one of Peter Sellers' first full-length films in a starring role. David Tomlinson is very good as Lt. Humphrey Fairweather. All of the supporting cast are very good. But, Sellers, who has second billing behind Tomlinson, steals the show as the boatswain (bosun), Chef Petty Officer Doherty. To the men of his crew, who can be remarkably sharp when the situation calls for military decorum, Doherty is called "boss." And for good reason. I won't say why that is, because it's part of the humorous plot.

Hollywood made a number of military comedies with big-name stars and the budgets and trimmings to go with them. Among the best of these were "Kiss Them for Me" of 1957 with Cary Grant, "Operation Petticoat" of 1959 with Grant and Tony Curtis, "Wake Me When it's Over" of 1960, "The Wackiest Ship in the Army," of 1960, and "The Horizontal Lieutenant" of 1962.

But none of those were as funny as "Up the Creek." Four years after this British film came out, the military comedy show, "McHale's Navy" began airing on ABC TV in the U.S. It has an uncanny resemblance to this earlier British movie. "McHale's Navy" was highly popular and indeed, very funny. It led to a movie in 1964 with some of the same cast.

Life aboard the H.M.S. Barclay wasn't all that bad for a time. Watch this movie if you get the chance, and I'm sure you'll agree.


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