This shows all the signs of having been an existing script which Associated British Picture Corporation allowed Charlie Drake to write some scenes for himself (he has co-writer credit) in their second attempt to bring the popular TV comedian to film stardom. If you cut out all of Drake's woeful slapstick scenes, you would not alter the thrust of the story one jot. Basically an innocuous comedy about WREN's not being able to serve at sea (quite an unusual subject for 1961), if this had been another in the long list of black and white British comedies of the era (and Drakeless) it would probably linger fondly in the memory. ABPC, however, filmed it in Technicolor and CinemaScope and allowed Drake (whose character is imaginatively named Charlie Drake) to ruin it. If you fast forward through Drake's irrelevant scenes, you might enjoy this film, packed with familiar British comedy stars of the time.
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