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Jack Ahoy (1934)

A song and dance comedy in which Jack Hulbert plays an incompetent sailor.


Walter Forde




Credited cast:
Jack Hulbert ... Jack Ponsonby
Nancy O'Neil Nancy O'Neil ... Patricia Fraser
Alfred Drayton ... Adm. Fraser
Tamara Desni ... Conchita
Henry Peterson Henry Peterson ... Larios
Sam Wilkinson Sam Wilkinson ... Dodger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Russell Patricia Russell ... Elizabeth


A song and dance comedy in which Jack Hulbert plays an incompetent sailor.

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"JACK AHOY" IS CERTAINLY FOR RETURNED MEN- ALSO SCOUTS, NAVY LEAGUE, EVERYONE. (Print Ad- Alexandra Herald, ((Alexandra, Otago, NZ)) 18 September 1935) See more »









Release Date:

February 1934 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Ohøj! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


My Hat's on the Side of My Head
Written by Harry M. Woods and Claude Hulbert
Performed by Jack Hulbert
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One of our submarines is missing
18 December 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Jack has this picture virtually to himself, the rest of the cast seem utterly lifeless in comparison with his brash breeziness. The film is a product of Empire and the Bulldog Spirit (BS) attitudes come out in force.

Jack is AB seaman Jack Ponsonby in the Navy with a distinguished ancestor in Admiral Ponsonby which constantly fuels his imagination. It also gets him into the right Society to chase the current Admiral's daughter. To prove himself worthy to her and her Dad, no I mean his country, he attempts to discover the whereabouts of the British submarine which was stolen by Chinese bandits and is being ransomed for £800,000. The scenes with these bandits had obviously been constructed with the Shanghai Express or Bitter Tea of General Yen in mind, as it introduces a note of savagery that leaves you feeling maybe Jack is going to get horribly killed here. He also has some sexy clinches with an alluring female which left me wondering if Cicely gave him a piece of her mind when she saw the film!

Throughout he repeatedly sings snatches of his famous song The Hat's On The Side Of My Head to show the audience how jaunty they must always be when faced with adversity. And why not too?! A nice little film for jaunty people like me, glum people and those who don't like '30's British b&w musical comedies should avoid.

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