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You Know What Sailors Are (1954)

Approved | | Comedy | 4 November 1954 (USA)
A fun frolic involving a fake secret weapon (accidentally created during a drinking bout), Naval bureaucracy, political maneuvering, and the hareem and palace of the exotic eastern country of Agraria.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Edward Hyams (novel), Peter Rogers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akim Tamiroff ... President of Agraria
Donald Sinden ... Lt. Sylvester Green
Sarah Lawson ... Betty
Naunton Wayne ... Captain Owbridge
Bill Kerr ... Lt. Smart
Dora Bryan ... Gladys
Martin Miller ... Prof. Hyman Pfumbaum
Michael Shepley ... Admiral
Michael Hordern ... Captain Hamilton
Ferdy Mayne ... Stanislaus Voritz of Smorznigov
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Lt. Comdr. Voles
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Stores Officer
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Stores Petty Officer
Peter Arne ... Ahmed
Sara Leighton Sara Leighton ... Jasmin (as Shirley Lorimer)
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Lieutenant Sylvester Green (Donald Sinden) is making his crooked way shipwards with a couple of Naval colleagues after a night's drinking, and along the way, they collect an old pram and three brass balls from a pawnbroker's shop. Passing the foreign vessel Agraria on the dock, they notice some welding equipment and decide to have some fun. They attach the junk to the Agraria and paint it Naval grey. The next morning, when Green unsteadily arises, his commanding officer has noticed the mysterious new equipment, and trying to avoid exposure, Green identifies it confidently as a "998". From then on, things only get more confused, and soon everyone in the Navy wants to know why this foreign ship has more up-to-date radar than they do. Green is coincidentally seconded to the Agraria as a radar instructor and soon (through the magical power of coincidence) the Agrarians (and everyone else) believe it is a powerful secret weapon. Green is held prisoner in the rather pleasant environment of ... Written by Seán Ó Séaghdha

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Endstation Harem See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in An Evening with... Peter Rogers (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Ship Ahoy! (All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor)
(uncredited)
Written by A.J. Mills and Bennett Scott
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Feeble Comedy
9 May 2012 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

It is clear that the Rank Organisation weren't bothered to spend much on this film bearing in mind that it looked as if it had been shot almost completely inside Pinewood studios.I don't know if it was funny at the time it was released,it certainly isn't funny now.Akim Tamiroff,clearly in the cast to add some clout at the American box office,is always entertaining.However Donald Sinden is poor.I had never heard of Sarah Lawson,and on the basis of her performance,little wonder.Bill Kerr is comic support for Sinden.Whilst he is passable it would have helped if someone of a bit more comic stature had played his part.Sinden would be far better in the Doctor films which would start the same year.


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