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The Maggie

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1953
  • Alexander Mackendrick
  • 88 mins
  • U

Summary

Ealing comedy starring Paul Douglas. A brash American businessman comes to regret getting mixed up with the canny Scottish skipper of a dilapidated boat.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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MarshallPaul Douglas
SkipperAlex Mackenzie
MateJames Copeland
EngineerAbe Barker
Wee boyTommy Kearins
PuseyHubert Gregg
CampbellGeoffrey Keen
Miss PetersDorothy Alison
ReporterAndrew Keir
SarahMeg Buchanan
LairdMark Dignam
Dirty DanJameson Clark

Crew

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DirectorAlexander Mackendrick

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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