Watch Your Stern. O/S Blissworth (Kenneth Connor). Copyright: Anglo Amalgamated
Watch Your Stern

Watch Your Stern

  • 1960 film

Naval comedy. HMS Terrier is thrown into disarray when the top secret plans for a new torpedo are damaged. Stars Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Noel Purcell and more.

Watch Your Stern. Image shows from L to R: Ann Foster (Joan Sims), Lt Cdr Bill Fanshawe (Leslie Phillips), O/S Blissworth (Kenneth Connor), Captain David Foster (Eric Barker). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions

Key details

Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Noel Purcell, Hattie Jacques, Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes and more
Earle Couttie, Alan Hackney and Vivian Cox
Gerald Thomas and Jack Causey
Peter Rogers

Test firing of the Royal Navy's latest secret weapon, a torpedo nicknamed the 'creeper', is underway somewhere off the English coast. As the command ship, HMS Terrier, and her crew watch on, HMS Fox launches the missile - only to scramble in horror as the device proves defective, turning 180 degrees and sinking the Fox itself. Having rescued the crew, Captain Foster of the Terrier returns to the dockyard to await urgent revisions to the creeper's blueprints, and a visit from both its chief scientist, Potter, and the Admiral, Sir Humphrey.

A message soon arrives from London: the only spare copy of the creeper's full schematics is to be loaned to a member of the US Navy, as America is interested on assisting in development of the project, who will take it - albeit just for the day - to his own superiors in London.

Meanwhile, one of Foster's ratings, Operations Specialist Blissworth, is an electrical engineer: both keen and book-smart but terribly error- and accident-prone, he's assisting in Foster's cabin when he can't help but indulge his curiosity and glance over the creeper's plans. Almost immediately he identifies the creeper's problem and begins sketching changes on the plans, but, clumsy as ever, has soon near-destroyed the blueprints, with a huge hole right in the middle of the main diagram.

Foster and his second-in-command, Lt Cdr Fanshawe, are quick to discover Blissworth's accident but realise it'll be they who're up for the chop after leaving the plans in sight. With both Sir Humphrey and Potter due to arrive and look over the latest changes within just a matter of hours, the three must scramble to pull the wool over the Admiral's eyes and save their necks - not to mention the future of the creeper itself!

Additional details

UK certificate
89 minutes
UK release
Monday 24th October 1960

Anglo Amalgamated

Camera set-up
Single camera
Black and white

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 27th September 2020 at 7:15am on TPTV
  • Wednesday 24th June 2020 at 11:55am on TPTV
  • Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 1:20pm on TPTV

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios

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