All at Sea (1957)


“I shall do my duty ma’am to the best of my disability.” – Capt. William Horatio Ambrose

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A failed naval officer suffering from perpetual seasickness buys and amusement pier upon his retirement and must find a way to stop the local city council from demolishing his new property.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Alec Guinness.

He is such a great actor who is ale to do both comedy and drama quite well.

This film came out during the same year that The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) was released and these two movie are so vastly different in tone and scope.

The film’s concept is a bit strange yet the great multiple performances by Guinness help things  a bit.

This is quite far from his best comedic work, yet he still is able to show his extraordinary acting abilities as he takes on multiple roles here.

They chose to tell this story in an intriguing way which helps to make things a bit more enjoyable.

Unfortunately tho, things don;t play out as well as one might hope and arts of the story seem far fetched and don’t come across realistically enough which is a shame.

The best parts of this film are the ironic moments that keep popping up along the way and when sees them along with Guinness’ straight face, it’s quite hard not to chuckle at the absurdity of it all.

Bottom Line – Pretty silly concept that is saved slightly by the wonderful performance of Guinness.  This is far from his best comedic performance, but he makes up for it because he once again is able to prove his acting chops by playing multiple characters. The story itself is told in an interesting way, but things aren’t as believable as one might hope that they could be. They have some great ironic moments in the story that help accentuate Guinness’ prolific performance here because we get to see him deal with those situations with a completely straight face which makes it so much harder not to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Alec Guinness only made this movie as a favor for his friend, Director Charles Frend. He later referred to this movie as “wretched”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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