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All at Sea (1957)

Barnacle Bill (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 21 December 1957 (USA)
A seasick sea Captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

T.E.B. Clarke (story), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Capt. William Horatio Ambrose
Harry Locke ... Reporter
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Barman
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Bus Driver
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Commander
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Captain
John Horsley ... First Surgeon
Derek Waring Derek Waring ... Second Surgeon
Donald Pleasence ... Cashier
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Bank Manager
Irene Browne ... Mrs. Barrington
Percy Herbert ... Tommy
Victor Maddern ... Figg
Harold Goodwin ... Duckworth
Junia Crawford Junia Crawford ... Evie
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Storyline

Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of distinguished sailors, but is all too susceptible to seasickness. After the war, he buys himself a nautical command on shore, a decrepit amusement pier at the British resort town Sandcastle-on-Sea, whose prim town council has outlawed arcade games as a form of gambling. Running the pier like a Naval vessel, the Captain's determination to make it a modern, going concern meets steady opposition. But with an unexpected new ally, he pursues a remarkable scheme to liberate his "ship" from land authorities. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The captain preferred the merry times on land to the mermaids at sea !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All at Sea See more »

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Budget:

$659,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although this is an Ealing Studios movie, it was actually shot at the studios at Borehamwood, as the Ealing facility had closed down. See more »

Goofs

When the R.M.S. Arabella splits from the rest of the pier and drops into the sea, it is obviously a model with model figures of Captain Ambrose and Tommy (No. 1). In the next shot they are both in entirely different positions on the now floating R.M.S. Arabella. See more »

Quotes

Figg: Is that how they do it in the Navy, sir?
Capt. William Horatio Ambrose: I take it you are never in the service, Figg?
Figg: I never wanted to be. I've spent all my life on a dredger and if you're going to run this pier like a battleship, I shall be sorry I left it.
Capt. William Horatio Ambrose: Well, I am going to run it like a battleship. All the best piers in the country or run naval-style and, under my command, Sandcastle pier will be no exception. I shan't be satisfied until everything is ship-... er... pier-shape and Blackpool-fashion.
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Another fine offering from Ealing Studios
4 August 2000 | by bigar-4See all my reviews

Wonderful film with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour. Alec Guiness is excellent as an descendant of a family full of (in)famous captains who has just one little problem to follow in there footsteps: he has a bad case of seasickness! So he decides to buy a 1000 foot pier and run it as a ship. The city-council though has other plans with de seafront and the pier does not really fit into their plans. The Captain can only do one thing: declare his pier as a proper cruise ship! This is a film that fits in with the other small masterpieces made by Ealing Studios in the fifties and I can really recommend it..


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