Barnacle Bill

Barnacle Bill

Charles Frend (1957)

U Certificate


Our Score
Also shown on TV as All at Sea, this is the last of the Ealing comedies. Written by TEB Clarke, who scripted so many of the studio's comic classics, it's a wearisome affair that tries every trick to recall past glories. There are echoes of Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets (with Alec Guinness playing his ancestors in several contrived flashbacks), and the action brims over with eccentric characters who could be refugees from any of the film's more illustrious predecessors. But it's all in vain, as this is an unfunny and slightly embarrassing bore.


The latest in a long line of seafarers tries to save a derelict Victorian pier from demolition by getting it registered as a vessel. Ealing comedy, starring Alec Guinness, Irene Browne, Maurice Denham and Lionel Jeffries.

Cast & Crew

Captain Ambrose / his ancestors Alec Guinness
Mrs Barrington Irene Browne
Tommy Percy Herbert
Duckworth Harold Goodwin (2)
Crowley Maurice Denham
Figg Victor Maddern
Bullen George Rose
June Jackie Collins
Evie Junia Crawford
Supt Browning Lloyd Lamble
Major Kent Charles Cullum
Mrs Kent Joan Hickson
Artie White Warren Mitchell
Teller Donald Pleasence
Director Charles Frend
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Jury Metro-Goldwyn LtdAvailable on: DVD