The Middle Watch (1940 film)

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The Middle Watch
"The Middle Watch" (1940).jpg
Directed by Thomas Bentley
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Written by Ian Hay (play)
Stephen King-Hall (play)
Clifford Grey
J. Lee Thompson
Starring Jack Buchanan
Greta Gynt
Fred Emney
Kay Walsh
Cinematography Claude Friese-Greene
Edited by Monica Kimick
Distributed by Pathé Pictures International
Release date
11 May 1940
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Middle Watch is a 1940 British comedy film, directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Jack Buchanan, Greta Gynt, Fred Emney and Kay Walsh.[1] It was produced by Associated British Picture Corporation at their Welwyn Studios. It was based on a play of the same title by Ian Hay and Stephen King-Hall which had previously been adapted as a film in 1930, and which was adapted again in 1958.[2][3]


This comedy film features battleship Captain Maitland (Jack Buchanan) celebrating a bon voyage party. He later discovers two stowaways, attractive young women, but much too late to turn back. Despite the captain's efforts to hide them, they are soon discovered, with predictable consequences.[4]




  • Mackenzie, S. P. British War Films, 1939-1945. Continuum, 2003.

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