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An Alligator Named Daisy (1955)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 29 June 1956 (Finland)
An Englishman is left with an abandoned, very tame, and domesticated pet alligator, who helps him develop a bond with a young Irishwoman. Plans to get rid of the animal cause mayhem and produce a surprising outcome for all.


J. Lee Thompson (as J. Lee-Thompson)


Charles Terrot (novel), Jack Davies (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Donald Sinden ... Peter Weston
Diana Dors ... Vanessa Colebrook
Jeannie Carson Jeannie Carson ... Moira O'Shannon (as Jean Carson)
James Robertson Justice ... Sir James Colebrook
Stanley Holloway ... General Weston
Roland Culver ... Colonel Geoffrey Weston
Margaret Rutherford ... Prudence Croquet
Avice Landone ... Mrs. Weston
Stephen Boyd ... Albert O'Shannon
Richard Wattis ... Hoskins
Henry Kendall ... Valet
Michael Shepley ... The Judge
Ken Mackintosh & His Band Ken Mackintosh & His Band ... Ken Mackintosh & His Band


After holidaying in Ireland, Peter Weston, a London music department sales clerk and aspiring songwriter/musician, meets Irish lass Moira O'Shannon aboard the overnight sailing back to England, and attracted to her, offers her a ride back to London once they dock, which she accepts. His attraction to her is despite he already being engaged to Vanessa Colebrook, the daughter of wealthy Sir James Colebrook, Peter himself not coming from wealth which may be an issue for Sir James. Peter's attraction to Moira to some extent doesn't matter as Moira too is already engaged, her fiancé Albert currently working in South America. By the time Peter and Moira are ready to disembark the ship, Peter has reluctantly inherited something: a live alligator named Daisy, albeit a tame one. While Peter, who in general is scared of reptiles, wants to get rid of her in any way he can, Moira does whatever she can to ensure he doesn't, she an animal lover in being an animal keeper at the London Zoo. As Peter ... Written by Huggo

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See You Later, Alligator! See more »


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The car driven by Peter Weston (Donald Sinden) was a 1928 Lagonda two-litre low chassis tourer, registration "PK 9201". It was one of four used by the Fox and Nicholl racing team in the 1929 season, the others being "PK 9202", "PK 9203", and "PK 9204". See more »


Before Prudence Croquet (Margaret Rutherford) discovers that Daisy "speaks" English, she says that since Daisy is Brazilian, she will have to speak Spanish to her. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. See more »


Peter Weston: What are you thinking about?
Vanessa Colebrook: The one thing a woman hates to think about: another woman.
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Crazy Credits

Our guest star artiste MARGARET RUTHERFORD See more »


Your First Love Was Your Last
Written by Sam Coslow
Sung by Ronnie Stevens
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Surprisingly bad
10 April 2007 | by aberlour36See all my reviews

A 1957 (yes, that's the correct date) J. Arthur Rank production with James Robertson Justice, Margaret Rutherford, Wilfred Hyde White; it has to be a smash comedy, right? Oh, it's just awful. It's a one gag film: watching people be shocked at the sight of a little alligator. Music is thrown in, most inappropriately and forgettably. Jeannie Carson is a lively dancer and competent singer. But what was she doing in this film? Diana Dors is here too, providing oh-so-daring shots for use in the previews. Her acting level is not bad, but she's in the film to provide someone to leer at. Well, one must do something beside groan during this film. The movie is being sold on VHS now by people on e-Bay. Spare yourself the expense and the waste of time. A comedy without a laugh. A musical without a memorable song or dance.

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29 June 1956 (Finland) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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