The Midshipmaid

The Midshipmaid is a 1932 British comedy film directed by Albert de Courville and starring Jessie Matthews, Frederick Kerr, Basil Sydney and Nigel Bruce.[1] The film is based on a play by Ian Hay and Stephen King-Hall.[2] it was released in the U.S. as Midshipmaid Gob.[3] John Mills makes his film debut in a supporting role.[4] It was shot at the Lime Grove Studios, with sets designed by the art director Alfred Junge.

The Midshipmaid
Directed byAlbert de Courville
Produced byMichael Balcon (uncredited)
Written byStafford Dickens
Based onthe play The Midshipmaid by Ian Hay & Stephen King-Hall
StarringJessie Matthews
A.W. Baskcomb
Basil Sydney
Music byJack Beaver (uncredited)
CinematographyM. Greenbaum
Edited byIan Dalrymple
Ralph Kemplen
Distributed byWoolf & Freedman Film Service (UK)
Release date
  • 8 December 1932 (1932-12-08) (London, UK)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


In this comedy with musical interludes, pompous economy expert Sir Percy Newbiggin (Fred Kerr) visits the Naval Fleet in Malta to see what cuts can be made in their expenditure. The officers all fall over themselves to woo his beautiful daughter Celia (Jessie Matthews), who accompanies him: she becomes engaged to the son of the First Sea Lord and her father decides to leave economics to the Navy.



  1. Denis Gifford, ed. (2016) [1973]. British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non Fiction Film. 2. Routledge. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-57958-171-8.
  2. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter via Google Books.
  3. "Midshipmaid Gob".
  4. "John Mills".
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