Sailor Beware! 
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Peggy Mount stars in this British comedy based on Falkland L. Cary's hit stage play. Young sailor Albert Tufnell (Ronald Lewis) is all set to wed his sweetheart Shirley Hornett (Shirley Eaton), but has a change of heart after meeting her battleaxe of a mother, Emma (Mount). When he and best man Carnoustie (Gordon Jackson) stay with the Hornetts on the eve of the wedding, Albert begins to think twice about his desire for family life. Will Emma changing her ways be enough to save the wedding?
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She plays the role of a very mouthy, brash housewife who dominates not only her husband, but everybody else. Her comedy timing is excellent, and she never managed to do anything better than this.
Made in the days before British comedy became smutty, this film should reign amongst the classics.
Thora Hird is also very good as her snooty neighbour, and Esma Cannon is superb as a dotty old lady, but the film belongs to Peggy.
I lent this to a friend of mine who wasn't that eager to watch it, and he found it absolutely hilarious.
If you enjoy comedy like the Ealing pictures, you will enjoy this
Some big names here, but none can match Peggy Mount's thundering portrayal of a hen-pecking wife and nagging mother. She steals the show, and as a result, the rest of the cast almost fade into insignificance!
Peggy Mount will be best remembered for her work in television during the 1960s and 70s - who starred along side other comedy greats such as Sid James and Pat Coombs.
Sailor Beware is a gem not to be missed, and has been a very long time coming out on DVD.
Pre-order your copy today - and enjoy!
If you want to see Peggy at her best, forget the rest and get this.
DVD quality is suburb, a lovely transfer with some film marks such as neg marks and a couple of tram lines appear now and then, but this adds to the charm. Nice and sharp and very good contrast in most scenes. A great B/W
I highly recommend this film.
When I was eleven we went to Singapore with the RAF and belonged to a drama club. This I learnt was a very British thing to do when abroad. One of the plays was Sailor Beware. I had forgotten what it was about apart from being comedy but I do remember a very overpowering actress who was now I realise was doing a version of Peggy Mount.
This is described as a farce but unlike most farces doesn't have too much misunderstanding etc.
Michael Caine has an imperceptible part as a sailor and you would have to be told it was him to have noticed him
Albert is going to see his fiance to arrange his wedding.Albert is an orphan and Shirley has a larger family. She is dominated by her very loud mother played by Peggy Mount who is a good actress. She specialised in these roles.
Shirley Eaton plays Shirley and she played a similar role in Carry On sergeant and was later the famous Bond girl covered in gold in Goldfinger. I discovered that she retired from the screen in 1969. I haven't seen any interviews with her in recent years but she was in some good films having started in the first St Trinian's film.
He dad is quiet and ineffectual and his only hobby is his ferrets. Her aunt lives there was well as she is dominated by her sister in law Peggy Mount.
It isn't laugh out loud funny but it is good clean comedy with supporting roles by Thora Hird. The wedding arrangements go ahead but Albert is not one hundred per cent sure so he rebels and doesn't turn up.
There is secret that the aunt tells him that he is going to only live three doors away form his mother in law.An interesting view of the time is that the mother law puts a deposit down on the house so that they can buy it.Read more ›
This DVD of Sailor Beware is an excellent print from the 1956 film version, directed by Gordon Parry, of Falkner Cary's and Philip King's very successful stage play.Sailor Beware: Play (Acting Edition)
The cast boasts a number of big name actors and actresses, most of whom would become famous at a later date, one or two of them as a result of this very film, look for Michael Cane as an uncredited sailor early in the film, note the customarily flawless and engaging performance by Gordon Jackson as the bridegroom's best man, the sterling performance by Cyril Smith as the long suffering (and much loved) Henry Hornett and the beautiful character work that one would expect of the great Thora Hird as Mrs Lack.
Having duly credited the fine work of those well known artists, it would also be true to say that there isn't a lacklustre performance in the entire film, but it is without any shadow of a doubt, that the exquisite Peggy Mount, a relative newcomer at that time, as Emma Hornett and the indescribably talented Australian character actress Esma Cannon as her sister in law Edie Hornett are in every way the star attractions of this wonderfully funny and heart warming film.
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Peggy mount is a star in this film. She bullies all around her but does so in a funny way where the jokes are on her. Great comedy from beginning to end.Published 7 months ago by Johnners
This is fantastic. I really wanted a Peggy Mount film and this is pure wrap up on a cold day and watch a lighthearted film. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sandy