Three Men in a Boat (1956 film)

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Three Men in a Boat
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Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by John Woolf (uncredited)
Jack Clayton
Written by Hubert Gregg
Vernon Harris
Jerome K. Jerome (novel)
Starring Laurence Harvey
Jimmy Edwards
David Tomlinson
Shirley Eaton
Music by John Addison
Cinematography Eric Cross
Edited by Ralph Kemplen
Distributed by Independent Film Distributors
Release date
  • 25 December 1956 (1956-12-25)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £212,723[1]

Three Men in a Boat is a 1956 British CinemaScope colour comedy film directed by Ken Annakin and starring Laurence Harvey, Jimmy Edwards, Shirley Eaton and David Tomlinson.[2] It is based on the 1889 novel Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. The film received mixed reviews, but was a commercial success.


The film 'Three Men in a Boat' is set in the Edwardian era, Harris, Jerome and George about-town want to get away from it all and decide to take a holiday boating up the River Thames to Oxford, taking with them their dog Montmorency. George is happy to get away from his job at the bank. Harris is glad to get away from Mrs. Willis who is pressing him to marry her daughter Clara; and 'J' is more than anxious to take a holiday from his wife, Etherbertha. George meets three girls, Sophie Clutterhouse and sisters Bluebell and Primrose Porterhouse, who are also taking a ride up the river, and he hopes to see them again. The travellers get into all kinds of complications with the weather, the river, the boat, food, the Hampton Court Maze, tents, rain and locks. They do connect with the girls again and when things appear to be becoming interesting for the men, Mrs. Willis and her daughter and Ethelbertha show up and things become even more interesting.



The film was the 12th most popular movie at the British box office in 1957.[3]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p.509
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  3. ^ LINDSAY ANDERSON, and DAVID DENT. "Time For New Ideas." The Times [London, England] 8 Jan. 1958: 9. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.