The Maggie

The Maggie

Alexander Mackendrick (1953)

U Certificate


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.


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

Marshall Paul Douglas
Skipper Alex Mackenzie
Mate James Copeland
Engineer Abe Barker
Wee boy Tommy Kearins
Pusey Hubert Gregg
Campbell Geoffrey Keen
Miss Peters Dorothy Alison
Reporter Andrew Keir
Sarah Meg Buchanan
Laird Mark Dignam
Dirty Dan Jameson Clark
Director Alexander Mackendrick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray