You Know What Sailors Are (1954 film)

You Know What Sailors Are is a 1954 British comedy film directed by Ken Annakin from a screenplay by Peter Rogers. It starred Donald Sinden, Michael Hordern, Bill Kerr, Dora Bryan and Akim Tamiroff.[1]

You Know What Sailors Are
Directed byKen Annakin
Produced byPeter Rogers
Julian Wintle
Written byRoger Hyams (novel), Peter Rogers (writer)
Music byMalcolm Arnold
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byAlfred Roome
Group Film Productions Limited
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 9 February 1954 (1954-02-09)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Three British naval officers out on a drunken spree attach a pram and a pawnbroker's sign to the stern of a foreign naval ship. The next morning, an officer misinterprets the pram and sign as state of the art, top-secret radar equipment. Instantly, the British navy decrees that their ships be fitted with the same device. Thereafter, bureaucratic misunderstandings escalate into a major international incident.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "beautiful women fill the screen at frequent intervals in this amiable comedy";[2] and AllMovie wrote, "You Know What Sailors Are top-bills Akim Tamiroff as the president of a mythical Foreign country, but the film belongs to Donald Sinden as the well-meaning young officer who precipitates the whole affair."[3]


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