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Sailors Three(Movie, 1940)

1h 26min | Genres: Comedy, War
Sailors ThreeRating: 3.7/5 (with 22 votes)
Sailors Three (released in the US as Three Cockeyed Sailors) is a 1940 British war comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Tommy Trinder, Claude Hulbert and Carla Lehmann. This was cockney music hall comedian Trinder's debut for Ealing, the studio with which he was to become most closely associated. It concerns three British sailors who accidentally find themselves aboard a German ship during the Second World War. Detailed surveys published in Britain in the early years of the war by the "Mass-Observation" organisation, showed the popularity of comedy with wartime cinema audiences. Films with the war as a subject were particularly well received, especially those movies showing the lighter side of service life, largely because many in the audience would soon be finding themselves in uniform. John Oliver writes in BFI screenonline, " to prepare such potential recruits for their own possible riotous and fun-packed life in the Royal Navy, Sandy Powell had already taken the shilling in All At Sea (dir. Herbert Smith, 1939) before Tommy Trinder did likewise with Sailors Three, following his comic misadventures in the army in Laugh It Off (dir. John B... ()
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About Sailors Three

Three sailors get drunk while on shore leave and end up on the wrong ship. When they realise their mistake they scramble off it and onto their warship, HMS Ferocious. However, they soon realise that the vessel they have boarded is not the Ferocious but a German battleship.


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Additional Information

Production country: United Kingdom (UK)
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 2 languages: English (EN), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 07/04/1941 (World premiere: 12/14/1940)
Cast: Tommy Trinder
Director: Walter Forde
Producer: Michael Balcon
Screenwriter: Austin Melford
Film Editor: Ray Pitt
Director of Photography: Günther Krampf
Composer: Ernest Irving
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Three Cockeyed Sailors"
Color: Black & White (B/W)
WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:190435, Added: 04/23/2018, Last updated: 04/12/2021