Watch it, Sailor!

Watch it, Sailor! is a 1961 British comedy film directed by Wolf Rilla and starring Dennis Price, Liz Fraser and Irene Handl.[1] It was based on the 1960 play of the same name by Falkland L. Cary and Philip King, which was a sequel to their earlier play, Sailor Beware, and was filmed in 1956.[2][3][4]

Watch it, Sailor!
British quad poster
Directed byWolf Rilla
Produced byMaurice Cowan
Screenplay byFalkland L. Cary
Philip King
Based onplay Watch it, Sailor! by Falkland Cary & Philip King
StarringDennis Price
Liz Fraser
Irene Handl
Music byDouglas Gamley
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byJames Needs
Alfred Cox
Maurice Cowan Productions (for) (as Cormorant)
Hammer Film Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • July 1961 (1961-07) (London, UK)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A sailor returns home to marry his fiancée, but runs into a series of farcical situations.


Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote, "A host of familiar British comedy talent fill out the cast including Irene Handl, Miriam Karlin and Frankie Howerd...this is unexceptional, though some enjoyment can be found watching the old pros go through their paces";[5] and Allmovie wrote, "the two great scene-stealers in this comedy of errors are Irene Handl as the bride's eccentric (okay, she's just plain dotty) aunt, whose ramblings have a surreal quality; and Dennis Price as the droll-witted officer who is forced by orders to interfere with the impending marriage, and then ordered to make it right. With the cock of an eye-brow or the slight curl of a lip, before he even utters a line, Price dominates every scene in which he appears, and even if the rest of the movie weren't as funny as it is, his performance would be worth the price of admission."[6]


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