Laughter at Sea

  |  Buy to Own: 26/11/2018
  |  323 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Collection of British naval comedies. In 'Petticoat Pirates' (1961) Charlie Drake stars as a hapless sailor forced to disguise himself as a woman when his ship is commandeered by disgruntled WRENs. Having been denied the opportunity to serve at sea by the admirals of the Women's Royal Naval Service, the women decide to take matters into their own hands by taking over a frigate and sailing it out to sea on their own. Accidentally in the midst of it all is Charlie, who must find a way to blend in or else end up a victim of the women's protest. In 'We Joined the Navy' (1962) Kenneth More stars as Lt Commander Badger, whose honesty tends to get him into trouble. When his latest blunder lands him on the front page of the news, Badger's superiors devise a plan to get him as far away as possible. In 'Why Sailors Leave Home' (1930) sailor Bill Biggles (Leslie Fuller)'s love life has suffered as a result of his ineptitude in speaking to women. When the crew is given shore leave in Arabia, Bill is hopeful that his luck will change - not least because he is friendly with a local sheik who has a palace full of beautiful women. When the sheik is forced to leave on business and appoints Bill to watch over his domain, Bill can barely believe his luck, however things soon take an unexpected turn when the sheik's many wives decide to take the opportunity to go on strike. Finally, in 'The Middle Watch' (1940), after battleship Captain Mailtand (Jack Buchanan) enjoys a large party in honour of his next voyage, he finds two young women (Greta Gynt and Kay Walsh) still aboard the ship once it has set off. To protect the trespassers as well as himself, he agrees to hide them in his quarters, but it proves difficult to keep them concealed with the admiral (Fred Emney) unexpectedly on board, resulting in various calamities.