Watch Your Stern
Watch Your Stern is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Gerald Thomas and starring Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker and Leslie Phillips. The film was based on the play Something About a Sailor by Earle Couttie. The Royal Navy provided cooperation, allowing the producers to film in Chatham Dockyard, and aboard HMS Jaguar and HMS Chaple.
|Watch Your Stern|
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Earle Couttie (play)|
|Music by||Bruce Montgomery|
|Distributed by||Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors|
The film shares its cast and production team with the Carry On films, but is not an official member of the Carry On series. It also has similarities to the long-running BBC radio series The Navy Lark.
It falls to Seaman Blissworth, who knows more about electrical circuitry than anyone else in the crew, to bamboozle the Admiral, dressing up as a visiting scientist. He convinces the visitor that the circuit diagram of a refrigeration unit is actually that of the torpedo. At the same time, the real scientist pays a visit to the dockyard and is arrested as a suspected spy.
After the Admiral has gone, Blissworth is assigned to work with the real scientist on redesigning the circuits. At its first trial, the torpedo fails to function, doubling back and attacking the ship.
- Kenneth Connor as Ordinary Seaman Blissworth
- Sid James as Chief Petty Officer Mundy
- Joan Sims as Ann Foster
- Hattie Jacques as Agatha Potter
- Eric Barker as Captain David Foster
- Leslie Phillips as Lieutenant Commander Bill Fanshawe
- Noel Purcell as Admiral Sir Humphrey Pettigrew
- Spike Milligan as Ranjid - Civilian electrician #1
- Eric Sykes as Civilian electrician #2
- David Lodge as Admiralty Constabulary Sergeant
- Victor Maddern as Sailor fishing for bike
- Ed Devereaux as Commander Phillips USN
- Robin Ray as Flag Lieutenant (aide to the admiral)
- George Street as Second Admiralty Constabulary guard
- Peter Howell as Admiral's secretary
- p. 126 Boniface, Patrick Cats and Cathedrals Periscope Publishing Ltd., 2006