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Mad Little Island (1958)

Rockets Galore (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 30 December 1958 (USA)
Inhabitants of a small island in the Atlantic resist their government's plan to make their home a missile base.

Director:

Michael Relph
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeannie Carson Jeannie Carson ... Janet Macleod
Donald Sinden ... Hugh Mander
Roland Culver ... Capt. Waggett
Catherine Lacey ... Mrs. Waggett
Noel Purcell ... Father James
Ian Hunter ... Air Commodore Watchorn
Duncan Macrae ... Duncan Ban
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Campbell
Gordon Jackson ... George Campbell
Alex Mackenzie ... Joseph Macleod
Carl Jaffe ... Dr. Hamburger (as Carl Jaffé)
Nicholas Phipps ... Andrew Wishart
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Constable Macrae
Ronnie Corbett ... Drooby (as Ronald Corbett)
James Copeland James Copeland ... Kenny McLeod
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Inhabitants of a small island in the Atlantic resist their government's plan to make their home a missile base.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

30 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad Little Island See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

Hugh (Donald Sinden) is standing with his back against the prom railings when a wave breaks on the rocks below and he gets splashes on the front of his jacket. See more »

Connections

Follows Whisky Galore! (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

And How About Our Friend?
(uncredited)
Music by Douglas Gamley
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a slight but charming British comedy
5 May 2007 | by graduatedanSee all my reviews

The inhabitants of Todday are content to live their lives in peace and quiet, until, that is, the government decides their little corner of the world would be the perfect place for a rocket launch site. Squadron leader Hugh Manders (Donald Sinden) is sent to the island for a look-see and discovers a pastoral land peopled with quirky characters not at all willing to give up their homes or way of life for the sake of "progress".

Rockets Galore is a leisurely paced film that eschews broad slapstick for subtle humour, much of it found in the wry dialogue. There is a pronounced anti war sentiment in the film ,not to mention a more than passing nod to conservation (it figures prominently in the picture's "mcguffin"). The film makes much of the scenic locales, which were shot on the Island of Barra in the Hebrides. The surprisingly good looking Eastmancolour adds to the effect. There's something to be said for a film that is both charming and entertaining. For that reason I have no problem recommending Rockets Galore.


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