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Up To His Neck. Image shows left to right: Rakiki (Hattie Jacques), Able Seaman 'Wiggy' Wiggins (Brian Rix), Able Seaman Jack Carter (Ronald Shiner)
Up To His Neck

Up To His Neck

  • 1954 film

Jack Carter faces a series of surprising challenges after being taken back into naval service after a decade on a desert island. Stars Ronald Shiner, Brian Rix, Laya Raki, Harry Fowler, Colin Gordon and more.


Key details

Ronald Shiner, Brian Rix, Laya Raki, Harry Fowler, Colin Gordon, Michael Brennan, Bryan Forbes, Alec Mango and more
Patrick Kirwan, Ted Willis, John Paddy Carstairs, Peter Rogers, Sidney Gilliat and John Orton
John Paddy Carstairs
Hugh Stewart and Earl St. John

The crew of HMS Seagull are bemused when they come across an uninhabited, uncharted Pacific island with the White Ensign flying! On making land, the small exploration party is absolutely astonished to find Able Seaman Jack Carter being treated as king by a group of natives: he'd been left there a decade ago by his captain, tasked with minding a store of contingency supplies, and hasn't heard from civilisation since. He is, at least, relieved and delighted to discover the war is over and we won it!

Much to his disappointment, Carter is ordered to return to the ship with the men, where he finds the Seagull's captain, Lieutenant Commander Sterning, very accommodating, believing him to have gone mad through the years of isolation. The rest of the crew - especially those who formed the expedition party and saw the reality of his island life - are thus deeply jealous and riled by his cushy, preferential treatment. And the C.P.O., Brazier, happens to have come across Carter in home port at the start of the war and has some unfinished hate to dole out!

Life for Carter looks promising, if not odd, until the ship receives communication that it is not to return with him to England, but divert to another run of East Asian islands on a secret mission. A group of underground rebels, believed to originate in China, has captured a submarine from one of Britain's allies and they are tasked with retrieving or destroying it.

Believing Carter to have amassed more than the requisite knowledge for survival in the brutal, hot jungles over the past ten years, Sterning leaves him in charge of training a group of men to go ashore and make the dangerous raid. It quickly proves quite the challenge, and a further communique from the Admiralty makes Jack's task even more difficult than he'd ever imagined!

Additional details

UK certificate
91 minutes
UK release
Sunday 25th July 1954

General Film Distributors

Camera set-up
Single camera
Black and white

Website links

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios

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