Alf's Button Afloat

Alf's Button Afloat is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Marcel Varnel and starring Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Alastair Sim and Peter Gawthorne. In the film, the Crazy Gang go to sea, where one of them discovers a button on his uniform is made from the metal of Aladdin's lamp.[2] The film parodies the 1920 novel Alf's Button by W.A. Darlington and its subsequent film adaptations.[3] The film is 1 hour 29 minutes long and is rated 6.2/10 on IMDb[4] based on 80 users rating.

Alf's Button Afloat
Original British trade ad
Directed byMarcel Varnel
Produced byEdward Black
Written byMarriott Edgar
Val Guest
Ralph Smart
Based onW.A. Darlington's "famous farce" Alf's Button[1]
StarringBud Flanagan
Chesney Allen
Jimmy Nervo
Alastair Sim
Music byCharles Williams
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Alfred Roome
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Gaumont British Picture Corporation (presented by)
Release date
  • July 1938 (1938-07) (UK)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



  1. Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). "British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film". Routledge via Google Books.
  2. "Alf's Button Afloat (1938)".
  3. "Alf's Button". 29 October 2007.
  4. Alf's Button Afloat, retrieved 26 September 2019

This film featured the Royal Royal Marines Band Chatham with Drum Major Day.

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