All at Sea (1935 film)

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All at Sea
Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Written by Charles Bennett
Ian Hay
Anthony Kimmins
Based onplay Mr Faint-Heart by Ian Hay [1]
Produced by Robert Arthur
Starring Tyrell Davis
Googie Withers
James Carew
Cecily Byrne
Rex Harrison
Dorothy Vernon
Cinematography Alex Bryce
Edited by Sam Simmonds
Distributed byFox Film Company (UK)
Release date
  • 10 February 1936 (1936-02-10)(UK)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

All at Sea is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring Googie Withers, Tyrell Davis and Rex Harrison. [2] Its plot follows a young man who falls in love during a cruise, and takes up a false identity as a famous writer to impress her.


Made as a quota quickie by Fox Film at Wembley Studios, [3] it is an adaptation of the 1931 play Mr Faint-Heart by Ian Hay.


When mild mannered Joe (Tyrell Davis) comes into an inheritance, he leaves his job as a clerk, and embarks on a sea cruise. Posing as a successful writer, Joe attracts various attractive women to him on the voyage, but his deceptions start to land him in trouble.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it a "Tepid programmer." [4]

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  1. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN   9783110951943 via Google Books.
  2. "All at Sea (1935)".
  3. Chibnall p.281
  4. "All at Sea".