Barnacle Bill

  • Film
  • Comedy
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Belated addition to the Ealing comedy cycle, with Guinness as the scion of a long line of seadogs who switches to commanding a pier because he gets seasick. Much too stereotypical, with laboured jokes about bureaucracy as efforts are made to turn the pier into an entertainments centre. In a nod to Kind Hearts and Coronets, Guinness also plays his ancestors.

Release details

Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Charles Frend
Screenwriter: TEB Clarke
Cast: Alec Guinness
Irene Browne
Percy Herbert
Maurice Denham
Victor Maddern
Lionel Jeffries
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