We Joined the Navy

We Joined the Navy is a 1962 British comedy film directed by Wendy Toye and starring Kenneth More, Lloyd Nolan, Joan O'Brien, Derek Fowlds, Graham Crowden, Esma Cannon and John Le Mesurier. Produced by Daniel M. Angel, it was based on the novel of the same name by John Winton a former Royal Navy lieutenant commander.

We Joined the Navy
Directed byWendy Toye
Produced byDaniel Angel
StarringKenneth More
Music byRon Grainer
CinematographyOtto Heller
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors
Release date
29 November 1962 (London premiere)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was shot on location in Villefranche-sur-Mer, near Nice and Monaco, on board the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and USS Springfield as well as ABPC Elstree Studios.[1]

In addition to the credited cast, there were uncredited cameos from Michael Bentine, Sidney James, Rodney Bewes and Dirk Bogarde (in a gag reference to his Doctor series role, Simon Sparrow).


Lieutenant Commander Robert Badger is an excellent naval officer with one major problem. He speaks the truth at the most inopportune times that lead him to being transferred from ship, to shore, and then to instruct at the Royal Naval College. When his remarks are repeated by one of his students to his father, an anti-military Member of Parliament he has one last chance. He and three problem midshipmen are sent as exchange officers to the flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet. Their antics set back Anglo-American relations until they go ashore to a nation in a midst of a revolution.



A Region 2 DVD of We Joined the Navy was released by Network on 16 February 2015. The disc features a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer.


  1. Kenneth More, More or Less, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1978, p.188

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