Midshipman Easy

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Midshipman Easy
"Midshipman Easy" (1935).jpg
Original trade ad
Directed by Carol Reed
Produced by Basil Dean
Written by Frederick Marryat (novel)
Anthony Kimmins
Peggy Thompson
Starring Hughie Green
Margaret Lockwood
Robert Adams
Roger Livesey
Music by Frederic Austin
Ernest Irving
Cinematography John W. Boyle
Edited by Sidney Cole
Production
company
Distributed by ABFD
Release dates
November 1935
Running time
70 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
For the 1915 film, see Midshipman Easy (1915 film).

Midshipman Easy is a 1935 British adventure film directed by Carol Reed and starring Hughie Green, Margaret Lockwood and Harry Tate. A young man runs away from home, joins the navy and goes to sea in the 1790s. He rescues a captive woman from a Spanish ship and battles pirates and smugglers.[1] It was based on the novel Mr Midshipman Easy (1836) by Frederick Marryat.

Production[edit]

The film was made at Ealing Studios by Basil Dean's Associated Talking Pictures. The film was a moderate success on its initial release in Britain. It was first released in the United States in 1951 by Astor Pictures.

A small part of the film was shot at the Isle of Portland.[2]

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie noted "a ripping yarn" ; [3] and Britmovie noted, "a great work of popular entertainment in its own era, Captain Marryat’s novel is a logical subject for the mass audience that attends films," but concluded, "the film’s budget was as limited as other British movies of the period, and most of it was shot at the Ealing Studios in London. A minor financial and critical success in England, Midshipman Easy did not even strike the British as more than a spirited bit of ephemera and there is very little about the picture to change anyone’s mind today." [4] and NitrateVille wrote, "a rather remarkable little British film, a sort of boy's view of going to sea, that boasts several excellent performances and one that is downright astonishing...a remarkable performance by Robert Adams, a black actor, who plays Mesty. Mesty's job onboard the ship is rather vague, but he becomes Early's protector and right-hand man. He's promoted to the rank of corporal and later saves Early's life by fighting the Italian desperado and throwing him over a cliff. The class and bravery of this black character in a 1935 British film outpaces anything I can think of in an American film of the era." [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Midshipman Easy". BFI. 
  2. ^ Morris, Stuart (1990). Portland Camera. Dovecote Press. pp. Photo 157. ISBN 978-0946159796. 
  3. ^ "Midshipman Easy (1935) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  4. ^ "Midshipman Easy". britmovie.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "NitrateVille.com • View topic - MIDSHIPMAN EASY (1935)". nitrateville.com. 

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