You Know What Sailors Are (1954 film)

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You Know What Sailors Are
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Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Peter Rogers
Julian Wintle
Written by Roger Hyams (novel), Peter Rogers (writer)
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Edited by Alfred Roome
Group Film Productions Limited
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 9 February 1954 (1954-02-09)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

You Know What Sailors Are is a 1954 British comedy film directed by Ken Annakin from a screenplay by Peter Rogers. It starred Donald Sinden, Michael Hordern, Bill Kerr, Dora Bryan and Akim Tamiroff.[1]


Three British naval officers out on a drunken spree attach a pram and a pawnbroker's sign to the stern of a foreign naval ship. The next morning, an officer misinterprets the pram and sign as state of the art, top-secret radar equipment. Instantly, the British navy decrees that their ships be fitted with the same device. Thereafter, bureaucratic misunderstandings escalate into a major international incident.


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote, "beautiful women fill the screen at frequent intervals in this amiable comedy";[2] and AllMovie wrote, "You Know What Sailors Are top-bills Akim Tamiroff as the president of a mythical Foreign country, but the film belongs to Donald Sinden as the well-meaning young officer who precipitates the whole affair." [3]


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