Shipyard Sally

Shipyard Sally is a 1939 British musical comedy film directed by Monty Banks and starring Gracie Fields, Sydney Howard and Norma Varden.[1] The film is notable for the song "Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye", which became a major hit.[2]

Shipyard Sally
Directed byMonty Banks
Produced byRobert Kane
Written byDon Ettlinger
Gracie Fields
Thomas J. Geraghty
Karl Tunberg
Val Valentine
StarringGracie Fields
Sydney Howard
Norma Varden
Music byLouis Levy
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Alfred Roome
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
  • 16 October 1939 (1939-10-16) (UK)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Sally, a failed music hall performer, and her father take over a pub near the John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank. When the closure of the yard threatens to put many out of work she leads a campaign to persuade the government to reconsider the decision.


Made shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, it was Fields' last British film.[3] It was shot at Islington Studios with sets designed by Alex Vetchinsky.[4]




  • Shafer, Stephen C. British Popular Films 1929-1939:The Cinema of Reassurance. Rutledge, 1997.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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