British Comedy Guide

Freedom Of The Seas. Image shows from L to R: George Smith (Clifford Mollison), Jennie (Zelma O'Neal). Copyright: Associated British Picture Corporation.

Freedom Of The Seas

1934 British comedy film about a Naval recruit. Stars Clifford Mollison, Wendy Barrie, Zelma O'Neal, H.F. Maltby, Tyrell Davis and others.

Freedom Of The Seas. Image shows from L to R: George Smith (Clifford Mollison), Gamp (Charles Paton). Copyright: Associated British Picture Corporation.

Freedom Of The Seas

Comedy following a mild-mannered City clerk who becomes a success in the Royal Navy

Genre
Film
Released
1934
Creator
Roger Burford
Starring
Clifford Mollison, Wendy Barrie, Zelma O'Neal, H.F. Maltby, Tyrell Davis, James Carew, Cecil Ramage, Henry Wenman and others
Writer
Walter Hackett
Director
Marcel Varnel

It is 1915 and mild-mannered solicitors' office clerk George Smith becomes one of the first men to join up after the declaration of war, fired from his City job after falling for his boss, Mr Harcourt's, daughter Phyllis.

Encouraged by words from a friend of his late father after a chance meeting, Smith joins the Navy, receives a commission to Officer class. With U boats patrolling the seas around Britain, Smith and a number of his colleagues are set to work escorting ships and attempting to intercept plots.

To his surprise, George soon finds himself aboard a boat that has picked up both Phyllis and her father, after their own ship was sunk by the enemy. Something is not quite right aboard however. With the assistance of a fellow rescuee, he realises that the ship is being used to smuggle contraband by German sympathisers, and is at threat of being sunk now he is aboard.

To the amazement of all and sundry - not least George himself - he succeeds in outwitting various spies, saving the ship and sinking a U-boat. But will he get the girl?

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