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Watch Your Stern (1960)

When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round, when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist.

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Alan Hackney (screenplay), Vivian Cox (screenplay) (as Vivian A. Cox) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Connor ... Ordinary Seaman Blissworth
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Capt. David Foster
Leslie Phillips ... Lt. Cmdr. Bill Fanshawe
Joan Sims ... Ann Foster
Noel Purcell ... Adm. Sir Humphrey Pettigrew
Hattie Jacques ... Agatha Potter
Spike Milligan ... Ranjid - Civilian Electrician #1
Eric Sykes ... Civilian Electrician #2
Sidney James ... Chief Petty Officer Mundy
David Lodge ... Security Sergeant
Victor Maddern ... Sailor Fishing for Bike
Ed Devereaux ... Cmdr. Phillips
Robin Ray Robin Ray ... Flag Lieutenant (Aide to the Admiral)
George Street George Street ... Second Security Guard
Peter Howell ... Admiral's Secretary
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When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round, when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist.

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Watch Your Head - You'll Laugh It Off! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A torpedó visszalő See more »

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Peter Rogers Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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On the refrigeration plans, the word is misspelled "refridgeration". See more »

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Up a tone Blissworth, not up a crows nest!
13 December 2011 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Watch Your Stern is directed by Gerald Thomas and adapted to screenplay by Alan Hackney and Vivian A. Cox from the play Something About A Sailor written by Earle Couttie. It stars Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Noel Purcell and Hattie Jacques. Music is by Bruce Montgomery and photography by Ted Scaife. Plot is set mostly aboard a British warship and revolves around the loss of top secret plans for an acoustic torpedo. With the Admiral coming to peruse the plans the captain and his charges must try to bluff the Admiral that the plans are still in safe hands. Not going to be easy since a top scientist is also on route to inspect the plans for a fault correction.

Potter, Impostor, Foster and Uncle Humpers.

Out of Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors and filmed primarily at Pinewood Studios, Watch Your Stern is put together by the production team responsible for the popular Carry On series of films. However, to lump it in with the more bawdy and boisterous Carry On series would be wrong, for this is Carry On lite, more amiable and delicate in humour, it's a picture driven by a fine cast and solid structure of writing. The premise of course is hardly ground shaking, but story is strong enough for a good deal of humour to shine through whilst allowing the likes of the excellent Connor to showcase his undoubted comedic talents. There's even some stand out work in the secondary support slots from Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes. Not all the characters are fully formed, and in some cases; such as with Leslie Phillips, actors are not utilised for better results. But pic is never less than charming, with there being enough quality in dialogue and set pieces to make it a safe recommendation to fans of British comedy movies from off of the Anglo-Amalgamated production line. 6.5/10


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