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Beauty and the Barge (1937)

A young girl is engaged to a man she doesn't love, and rather than marry him she decides to flee the situation altogether. She is helped by a crusty old barge captain.

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Henry Edwards

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W.W. Jacobs (well known stage success), Louis N. Parker (well known stage success) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Gordon Harker ... Captain Barley
Judy Gunn Judy Gunn ... Ethel Smedley
Jack Hawkins ... Lieut. Seton Boyne R.N.
Margaret Rutherford ... Mrs. Baldwin
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Augustus
George Carney ... Tom Codd
Michael Shepley ... Herbert Manners
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Mrs. Porter
Sebastian Smith Sebastian Smith ... Major Smedley
Margaret Scudamore Margaret Scudamore ... Mrs. Smedley
Frank Bertram Frank Bertram ... John Dibbs
Ann Wemyss Ann Wemyss ... Lucy Dallas (as Anne Wemys)
Hal Walters Hal Walters ... George Porter
Harry Terry Harry Terry ... Ted
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A young girl is engaged to a man she doesn't love, and rather than marry him she decides to flee the situation altogether. She is helped by a crusty old barge captain.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

28 June 1937 (UK) See more »

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Mono (recorded on) (Visatone Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Judy Gunn's final film. See more »

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When the barge comes in
26 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Beauty and the Barge is a low wattage farce. A low budget comedy that has early appearances from Jack Hawkins and Margaret Rutherford.

Ethel Smedley (Judy Gunn) is engaged to marry a man from Canada who she has not seen for several years. She has now changed her mind and wants to do her own thing. Her father has her locked up in her room but she escapes and plans to run away. Just in time as her suitor shows up.

She is aided by crusty barge Captain Barley (Gordon Harker.) He takes a bit of a shine to her but Barley seems to like charming the ladies when he lands his boat.

Lieutenant Seton Boyne (Jack Hawkins) is also smitten by Ethel and pursues her.

The film is a knockabout comedy, it probably goes on for too long and the humour has now dated. Ethel has a modern attitude, Boyne is a little bit too creepy. The older characters pretend to be younger than they are in their pursuit for romance.


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