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Vintage Ealing comedy,
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To describe this film as a comedy is a simplification, as it is a drama containing anger and rage as well as comedy. Directed by the underrated Alexander Mackendrick, one theme of this film could be that the crew of an old puffer boat mattered as much as any tycoon (regardless of the businessman's nationality). This is a more serious movie than say Whisky Galore but is still highly recommended.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2013 16:24:20 BDT
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J. Kinory says:
Alexander Mackendrick is not 'underrated' among cinema aficionados. He is the one factor that saves this sentimental tosh from being completely unwatchable.
As to "regardless of the businessman's nationality", the whole point is that he is American, symbolising in the crudest possible way the contrast between the rich and the 'decent poor'. He could have been portrayed as English or even Scottish, but then the propaganda value (for 'tis nothing but crude propaganda) of the 'salt of the earth Scots' against the 'rapacious non-Scots' would have been lost.
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