A RE-RELEASE of Alexander Mackendrick’s delightful 1959 Ealing comedy based on the novel of the same name by Compton MacKenzie.
When a freighter runs aground in fog on the close-knit Hebridean island of Todday, the locals are delighted to learn the boat is laden with cases of whisky, supplies of which have been depleted on the island following wartime rationing.
English Sergeant Odd (Bruce Seton) colludes with the islanders to conceal the booty from curious outsiders and enjoy the contents of the cases.
However, Captain Paul Waggett (Basil Radford) from the Home Guard is determined to recover the booze and thus begins a battle of wits between Waggett and the islanders, who must hide the bottles of whisky in ingenious places to avoid confiscation.
Released: July 29 (UK, selected cinemas) (U, 83 mins)