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Why Rock the Boat? (1974)

A young naive reporter romances a female reporter who is quietly organizing a journalist union and joins her cause.


John Howe


William Weintraub (novel), William Weintraub (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Gillard ... Barnes - lead
Tiiu Leek ... Julia Martin
Ken James Ken James ... Ronny Waldron
Budd Knapp ... Fred O'Neil
Henry Beckman ... Philip Butcher
Sean Sullivan ... Herb Scannell
Patricia Gage ... Isobel Scannell
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Senor Gomez
Cec Linder ... Carmichael
Henry Ramer ... Club president
Maurice Podbrey Maurice Podbrey ... Guest Speaker
Barry Baldaro Barry Baldaro ... Benson
Patricia Hamilton ... Hilda
Ian De Voy Ian De Voy ... Smith
Basil Fitzgibbon Basil Fitzgibbon ... Ridley


In 1940's Montreal, Canada, a young reporter named Harry Barnes gets his first job at The Daily Witness, the worst paper in the city. A naive man, he struggles to accept the realities of the life of a reporter whether dealing with suspicious stories. or coping with his tyrannical boss. Along the way, he meets and falls for a reporter from a competing paper named Julia who is struggling at her job while quietly forming a journalist union local. Egged on by his worldly comrades, Harry tries to woo her by helping her and learning about her cause. However, events nearly out of his control push him to make a decision on one miserable night that will change his life forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

26 September 1974 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Minek ugrálni? See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »


Box Office


CAD 450,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Tiiu Leek worked as a reporter/anchor for several televisions across America. Her longest tenure in TV news was with Los Angeles television station KTLA Ch. 5 where she worked from 1982 until 1991. See more »

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Another Era - the 70s
14 October 2009 | by raymond-andreSee all my reviews

Another time in Canadian film. One of the better efforts that were part of the infamous 1970s tax break movies.

At least this time it was a first rate production set in a major Canadian city instead of a non-identified American metropolis.

Most people alive today would not even remember the Montreal Star, let alone how good a publication it was. Even its funnies were better than the ink staining Gazette. My father actually kept the final edition of the Star around for TWO decades after it went under. He just couldn't part with it, it was that good.

Anyways, Why Rock The Boat captures a lot of Montreal's charm and features a terrific performance by Gilliard as the cub reporter learning the paper biz. Very short time later he would appear in the sit-com Excuse My French and then retire from acting to become a mostly television director. Many other wonderful performances here and a feeling of being a movie with sensibilities of both the 40s and 70s.

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