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The Maggie [DVD]

Paul Douglas , Alex Mackenzie , Alexander MacKendrick    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland, Abe Barker, Tommy Kearins
  • Directors: Alexander MacKendrick
  • Producers: Michael Truman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XNFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Ealing Studios comedy set in the Scottish isles. Hollywood's Paul Douglas plays Marshall, an American businessman who becomes involved with The Maggie, a rundown old shipping vessel captained by the taciturn skipper (Alex Mackenzie), when he is trying to find a way to convey his luggage to a remote island. It doesn't take Marshall long to realise that the skipper and his crew have pulled a fast one on him - but what can he do to stop them?

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The Maggie (released in the U.S. as High and Dry) is a 1954 British comedy film. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick and written by William Rose, it is a story of a clash of cultures between a hard-driving American businessman and a wily Scottish captain. It was produced by Ealing Studios at a time when rural Scotland was seen as a popular backdrop for light family entertainment (other examples include I Know Where I'm Going!, Whisky Galore! and Geordie, and British Transport Films such as The Coasts of Clyde). The story was inspired by Neil Munro's short stories of the Vital Spark and her captain, Para Handy.

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ealing Gem 6 May 2007
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'The Maggie' is one of Ealing studios lesser known comedies. The film has tended to be overshadowed by the likes of 'Whisky Galore', 'The Man in the White Suit', Kind Hearts and Coronets', 'The Ladykillers', and other such films from this studio. It is however a 'gem' in the true sense of the word. The film has everything..Humour, tragedy,anger, pathos, romance.The lot! A wily old skipper of a Western Isles 'Puffer' and his motley crew lead all who come into contact with them a fine old time! It leaves one wondering if their way of doing business was not 'de rigeur' for the time! The story is about how Captain Mactaggart,the Skipper of a clyde 'puffer' - small coastal all purpose freighters- who , through an 'admin.' error takes on a cargo for a wealthy American businessman. The story that follows is all about the American chasing the Puffer around the western isles of Scotland trying to get his cargo back.I first saw this film when it came out in the early 1950s and have watched it over the years what by now must be hundreds of times and never fail to spot something new and never cease to enjoy it. The production costs of this basically simple film entertainment would probably not cover the wages of the tea boy working on todays blockbusters. This is a wonderful, warm movie,a real 'comfort film' and if I had to rush and save a single movie from my extensive DVD collection this would be the one! It is certainly my desert island movie ! You'll be hard pressed to find a better 90 minutes worth of entertainment!

Post Script to my review: There is one moment early on in the film where
the 'Maggie' is stuck on the subway in the Clyde. The skipper is standing on the stern, several degrees off the horizontal, and a large crowd is observing his plight from a bridge over the river.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Ealing comedy? 29 April 2008
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Until recently I had never heard of The Maggie, and so was not expecting the film to be a match for Passport to Pimlico, The Ladykillers, Whisky Galore and so many others. Now that I have seen it, I am at a loss as to why it is not universally regarded as one of the Ealing all-time greats.

The story concerns a wealthy American, Calvin B Marshall, played by Paul Douglas, who is trying to get his costly furniture and fittings transported from Glasgow to his new holiday home on the remote Western Isle of Kiltarra. Inadvertently, the contract is given to the most devious and dishonest captain in the coastal trade, MacTaggart, master of a barely seaworthy rustbucked of a puffer called the Maggie, which looks as if it will be lucky to make it out of the Clyde. As a result, Mr Marshall spends the rest of the film endeavouring to get his cargo back, in a battle of wills against a crew determined to fulfil the contract or sink in the trying. As Marshall says at one point, "if there's such a thing as a triple bluff, I bet MacTaggart invented it". Needless to say, of course, MacTaggart is way ahead of the game and calmly pulls a quadruple bluff on him!

The acting is quite simply superb. You can feel nothing but sympathy for the cargo's owner, who is an honest, reasonable man - in fact a highly successful businessman, but one who has never faced anything remotely comparable with MacTaggart. And Alex MacKenzie as the captain is simply superb. He barely utters a single honest word from start to finish, but you cannot help sympathizing with him just as much as with Mr Marshall. There is a brief moment when Marshall corners the crew in a pub, and the expression on the captain's face is simply priceless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the maggie 9 July 2009
a forgotten classic . like all ealing films good family movies with old fashioned morals and values
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5.0 out of 5 stars sound bottom 12 Aug 2011
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Unlike the eponymous "puffer", the "Maggie", this Ealing gem has a perfectly sound bottom. Something like a cross between Local Hero and The African Queen, it is better than both, for my money. The humour is delicious, but never overdone, the cast of skipper and crew just terrific, especially MacTaggart and the Wee Boy. Paul Douglas does the American tycoon just right -- not the send-up that these roles often are in such "clash of cultures" films, then and now. The locations are great to see and the local colour never looked more sparkling in black and white. A genuine sleeper.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, for times past ... 15 Oct 2010
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Such delight, this story of a little Scottish Coaster chugging on its way. I first saw this years ago as a very young person and yearned for it for ages.
What a different era! But the story is timeless, even if times have got noisier and more nerve-wracking.
It is beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puffers and film-making! 21 Mar 2014
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This film is pure nostalgia of a different age of Puffers and film-making. Having spent many holidays in the Scottish holidays and learning about the work of puffers carrying building materials to remote loch-side sites, carrying anything at all to the Hebridean islands and home again, I found this comedy amusing and informative. Loved it, though hope that not all Puffer skippers were as devious as this one....
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5.0 out of 5 stars GENTAL / OUTSTANDING / QUAINT / COMEDY/ 13 Feb 2014
By Jeff
This Eling comedy is the best not only that i would place it in the best 100 - films of alltime . Watch out for the scene were Mr marshall is invited in to old MCdougall's 100 birday party / it's a battle of wit's btween MCtaggart and Mr marshall and wee Dougie (GOOD LUCK) .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by MR D C MACLEAN
4.0 out of 5 stars all aboard
great classic film,join the antics of the maggie as they con there way to do a drop of ,somtimes the scottish accent are a bit hard to understand but stil a brillliant film
Published 1 month ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars old films
The Maggie what can you say about it.The older the better, good clean humor, down to earth actors and actress's,and good does not always triumph over devious but not really... Read more
Published 5 months ago by brian orourke
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film....but no sub-titles.
The sort of film much loved by the older generation.....inexplicably there are no sub-titles for the hard of hearing. None of these StudioCanal Ealing films have sub-titles. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Swingler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Maggie
Very funny film in the old British Tradition .. fantastic views of Scotland as an added bonus .. If you love the Para Handy stories you will love this film
Published 7 months ago by nichola smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-living old memories
This film was bought for elderly relatives who wanted to re-visit old memories and I think they thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by Tkd Mum
3.0 out of 5 stars The Maggie DVD
The story is good, but the reproduction to a DVD format leaves much to be desired. Much of the picture is seen through a fog or snowstorm.
Published 9 months ago by Peter C.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Maggie
Enjoyed it even after seeing it in the cinema soon after it was released. Revisiting the film was just as entertaining.
Published 9 months ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi again
This film is from the old days, perhaps 40s or 50s not to sure, but this satirical comedy is well worth a watch
Published 10 months ago by Dr Paul Rhoads' Littell
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality comedy
This ageless classic, although set in the lost world of the Clyde puffers, is still fresh and dry-humoured today as when it was made.
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Lusted
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