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The Captain's Table (1959)

A ship's captain is promoted by his company from tramp steamers to their flagship passenger liner. Although he is a thoroughly competent sailor ready to take charge of such a ship, he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Lee

Writers:

Richard Gordon (novel), John Whiting (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gregson ... Captain Ebbs
Peggy Cummins ... Mrs. Judd
Donald Sinden ... Shawe-Wilson
Nadia Gray ... Mrs. Porteous
Maurice Denham ... Major Broster
Richard Wattis ... Prittlewell
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Burtweed
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Bernie Floate
Bill Kerr ... Bill Coke
Nicholas Phipps ... Reddish
Joan Sims ... Maude Pritchett
Miles Malleson ... Canon Swingler
John Le Mesurier ... Sir Angus
James Hayter ... Earnshaw
June Jago June Jago ... Gwenny Coke
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Storyline

A ship's captain is promoted by his company from tramp steamers to their flagship passenger liner. Although he is a thoroughly competent sailor ready to take charge of such a ship, he is less prepared for the social duties the new position involves, not least the way he becomes the target for all the comely unattached women on board. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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You can SEA for yourself it's an OCEAN of laughter...and the BIKINI of the end for the captain! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1959 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Shenanigans See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ship used in the long-shots (and some deck exteriors) was the SS Oronsay built in 1951 for the Orient Line. One of her sister ships fulfilled the same role in Carry On Cruising (1962). See more »

Goofs

No cargo ship skipper would be put in command of a passenger ship with no previous experience. In a line with both passenger and cargo vessels it is highly unlikely that a Master would not have served on a passenger ship as a first officer or staff captain, even if he went to a cargo ship for his first command. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This film was made with the enthusiastic co-operation of the Orient Line - who gravely disapproved of the whole thing. See more »

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Featured in Remembering John Gregson (2019) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Tired comedy
31 March 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film has a great cast which is totally wasted on this unimaginative load of clichés.Most of the scenes in this film have been done so much better in other films.The jokes such as they are are so old that they have whiskers on.The crew constantly on the fiddle.Ronnie Shiner was rather better at this than Richard Wattis.Donald Sinden being asked to do his unfunny woman chaser from the Doctor series.John Gregson then at the hight of his stardom playing a rookie cruise Captain and Peggy Cummins with her designs on him.That marvellous actor Reginald Beckwith almost stealing the film.However the Big problem with this film is that is just not funny.


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