Belgian theatrical poster
|Directed by||Michael Relph|
|Produced by||Basil Dearden|
|Written by||Monja Danischewsky (adaptation)
Compton Mackenzie (novel)
|Music by||Cedric Thorpe Davie|
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
It was directed by Michael Relph and based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie. It stars Jeannie Carson, Donald Sinden and Roland Culver, while Gordon Jackson, Jean Cadell and Catherine Lacey reprise their roles from the previous film. Ronnie Corbett appears as 'Drooby', with cameo appearances by Richard Dimbleby, Michael Foot and Lord Robert Boothby.
In the cold-war era of post-WW2 Britain, the government decides to establish a guided missile base on the Hebridean isle of Todday. The inhabitants are not happy with this disruption of their way of life, and hamper construction as much as they can.
An RAF officer, sent to negotiate with the people, falls in love with a local girl and realises what the base would mean to the islanders.
When a missile is finally launched, the guidance system fails and the missile returns to the land, rather than out at sea. As it is technically on privately owned land, the islanders claim it and celebrate their 'victory' by dancing around the site. The RAF tries unsuccessfully to negotiate, but eventually abandons the base.
But some islanders wished the base to remain, with the attendant economic benefits. Inspired and led by Father James, they 'discover' a rare seagull that only nests on Todday, in the hope that tourists will come.
The New York Times wrote, "the general tone is good-natured, the fun is wholesome, if spotty and somewhat forced, and the color photography of the remote little island is altogether lovely...But it's a far cry from those succinct, Scotch-inspired hiccups that put Todday (actually the Isle of Barra) on the movie map.
- Howard Thompson. (1958-12-31). "Movie Review - Mad Little Island - Screen: 'Mad Little Island'; British Comedy Opens at 55th St. Playhouse". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
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