Whisky Galore!. Image shows from L to R: George Campbell (Gordon Jackson), The Biffer (Morland Graham). Copyright: Ealing Studios
Whisky Galore!

Whisky Galore! (1949)

  • 1949 film

Classic Ealing comedy about a Scotch-laden ship that runs aground off the coast of the Outer Hebrides during the Second World War. Stars Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson, Wylie Watson and more.

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Whisky Galore!. Image shows from L to R: George Campbell (Gordon Jackson), Dr. Maclaren (James Robertson Justice), Peggy Macroon (Joan Greenwood). Copyright: Ealing Studios

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1949
Creator
Compton Mackenzie
Stars
Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson, Wylie Watson, Catherine Lacey, Jean Cadell, Bruce Seton and more
Writers
Compton Mackenzie and Angus MacPhail
Director
Alexander Mackendrick
Producer
Michael Balcon
Company

Amidst wartime rationing, the small Hebridean island of Todday is thrown into chaos when the whisky stocks run out.

It is fortuitous for the islanders, then, when the SS Cabinet Minister - laden with thousands of crates of export whisky - runs aground a short distance off the coast in heavy fog. Only a few of the inhabitants even begin to think twice: amongst them the stern Home Guard captain, Englishman Paul Waggett.

Determined to retrieve as much of the golden brew as possible before the ship succumbs to the waves in its entirety, the locals mount a daring mid-night liberation effort right under Waggett's nose. But this is a man determined not to go down without a fight!

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Additional details

Tagline
A Highland fling on a tight little island
UK certificate
A
Duration
82 minutes
UK release
Thursday 16th June 1949
Distributors

General Film Distributors

Also known as
  • Tight Little Island (Foreign title)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Music composed and conducted by Ernest Irving, based on old Scottish tunes and played by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 25th November 2023 at 3:05pm on BBC2
  • Saturday 5th August 2023 at 1:00pm on BBC2
  • Saturday 21st May 2022 at 1:40pm on BBC2

Recording details

  • Ealing Studios
  • Isle of Barra

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