Watch: The Maggie 1954 123movies, Full Movie Online – The skipper of a tatty coastal ‘puffer’ boat cons an American into letting “The Maggie” carry a cargo to a Scottish island. The American soon realises he’s been conned but can he stop them?.
Plot: The poor, elderly—and the wily, when it comes to parting those who can afford it from their money—Scottish skipper of a broken-down old ‘puffer’ boat tricks an American tycoon into paying him to transport his personal cargo. When the tycoon learns of the trick, he attempts to track down the boat and remove his possessions.
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Classic Ealing, Classic Writer
I feel extremely fortunate to have finally caught up with this beguiling little film. Good enough to rank among Ealing’s best works, it has undoubtedly improved with age, giving us a snapshot of a time before technology shrank and homogenized our world.
It’s worth noting that this film is the work of screenwriter William Rose, who had created the delightful Genevieve a year earlier, and would go on, amazingly, to pen It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World some ten years later, and win an Oscar for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner a few years after that.
It’s unfortunate that movie fans track actors and directors so much more closely than writers. The Maggie, no less than his other works, proves that Rose deserves to be remembered one of the great geniuses of film comedy.
Charming gentle comedy from Ealing studios
Despite not starring studio stalwart, Alec Guinness; The Maggie is a charming comedy film that fully adheres to the classic Ealing style. Through a simple plot, characters that are easy to get along with and some good laughs, The Maggie succeeds as a lovely little comedy film. It’s unfortunate that this film isn’t better known, as while not as good as other studio efforts such as Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers; it’s successful for the same reason as many other bigger successes for the studio. The plot is brilliantly farcical, and follows an American trying to charter a ship to carry a precious cargo to Glasgow. However, he gets conned into hiring a ‘puffer’ (coal ship) captained by Captain Mactaggart; and finds himself in a world of trouble as he tries to track his cargo. The Scottish locations help to ensure the relaxed feel of the picture, while the actions of the captain and his crew always provide some laughs. Standout sequences include the destruction of a harbour, a poaching ‘adventure’ and the scene in which the Harbour Master learns of Captain Mactaggart’s bluff! The dialogue is well written and often very funny, and the film benefits from the assured direction of experienced director Alexander Mackendrick. Recommended to fans of classic comedy!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Director Alexander Mackendrick
Writer William Rose, Alexander Mackendrick
Actors Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland
Country United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 3 BAFTA 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (as R.C.A. Sound System), Mono (G.B.-Kalee Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm