On the English Channel Island of Boonzey there is a small British Navy base serviced by minesweeper HMS Compton. The task of the vessel and its crew is to sweep the surrounding waters for German magnetic mines leftover from WW2. The task is easy since there are no mines in the local waters. Therefore, the crew spends its time in various ways in order to kill boredom. The skipper, Commander Stanton, spends his time fishing. His second in command, Lieutenant Pouter, spends his time womanizing. Chief Petty Officer Banyard and Leading Seaman Johnson spend their time smuggling booze, in collusion with the local French fishermen. However, their idyllic paradise is about to be shattered when the Navy higher-ups decide to send Captain Povey to assess the usefulness of the base and to decide whether to close it down. Sensing the danger of re-assignment to less idyllic Navy bases, the crew of minesweeper Compton decides to prove that their work in the area is vital, thus leading to their ...
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Although the film has an almost entirely different cast, many of the character names are retained from the radio show. See more
[entering room in agitated state
Sir, it's about Lieutenant Binns sir - something has got to be done.
Well, we know chief, we know.
Yes, but do you know what he's done now Sir? He's pinched the jeep. The Milkman's livid.
Navy Lark is a surely fictitious account of events and goings on in a naval establishment only loosely connected with the senior service. See more
Followed by HMS Paradise
The Navy Lark
Composed by James Moody
and Tommy Reilly
Performed by Tommy Reilly
on Harmonica with James Moody
on Piano See more