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The Maggie

The Maggie

Henry Hobson (1953)

88min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ostensibly, this most underestimated of Ealing comedies is a cross between Whisky Galore! and The Titfield Thunderbolt - a whimsical story about a crew of canny Clydebankers giving a brash American a torrid time after being assigned to carry his property aboard their clapped-out steamer. Don't be fooled, however, by the leisurely pace, the gentle humour and the relatively good-natured conclusion. In reality, it's a wicked little satire on the mutual contempt that underlies Euro-American relations, and few could have handled it with such incisive insight as American-born Scot Alexander Mackendrick. The film's Ealingness somewhat draws the sting, but the overriding tone is still cruel rather than quaint.

Summary

A brash American businessman hires a small Scottish company to move a set of valuable furniture to his new home on a remote island. However, he soon learns that his belongings are to be transported on a dilapidated boat in desperate need of repair - and sets out in hot pursuit of them. Ealing comedy, with Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland and Tommy Kearins.

Cast & Crew

Wade Vogel Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maggie Vogel Abigail Breslin
Caroline Joely Richardson
Ray Douglas M Griffin
Holt J D Evermore
Bonnie Rachel Whitman Groves
Dr Kaplan Jodie Moore
Trent Bryce Romero
Allie Raeden Greer
Molly Carsen Flowers
Director Henry Hobson
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: General Film Dist Ltd Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

Comedy

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