February 27, 2017


The Baby and the Battleship – 1956 | 96 mins | Comedy | Colour


Plot Synopsis

The Baby and the Battleship

Those grand old knights of British cinema Richard Attenborough and John Mills had sailed together earlier, in David Lean‘s directorial debut In Which We Serve (1942), but this gentle farce is a sadly leaky vessel by comparison. A warm blast of innocent nostalgia.

Hapless sailor Knocker White (John Mills) is literally left holding the baby after a family mix-up with a baker’s daughter (Lisa Gastoni) on the quayside at Naples. Knocker is faced with little alternative but to smuggle the Italian child on board his warship HMS Gillingham. During Nato exercise at sea, Knocker and his partner in deception, Puncher (Richard Attenborough), conspire to keep their captain (Michael Hordern) in the dark about their tiny stowaway below decks.

Production Team

Jay Lewis: Director
John Howell: Art Direction
Harry Waxman: Cinematography
Manuel del Campo: Editing
Ida Mills: Makeup Department
David Aylott: Makeup Department
Humphrey Searle: Original Music
James Stevens: Original Music
Jay Lewis: Producer
Antony Darnborough: Producer
Jay Lewis: Script
Gilbert Hackforth-Jones: Script
Bryan Forbes: Script
Richard De Roy: Script


Richard Attenborough: Knocker White
Andre Morell: Marshal
Bryan Forbes: Prof Evans
Michael Hordern: Capt Hugh
Ernest Clark: Cmdr Geoffrey Digby
Harry Locke: CPO Blades
Michael Howard: Joe
Lionel Jeffries: George
Thorley Walters: Lt Setley
Kenneth Griffith: Sub-Lieutenant
John Le Mesurier: The Marshal\’s Aide
Gordon Jackson: Harry
John Mills: Puncher Roberts

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