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

Whisky Galore! (1949)

1949 British comedy film about Scottish islanders. Stars Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson, Wylie Watson and others.

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

Whisky Galore!

Classic Ealing comedy about a Scotch-laden ship that runs aground off the coast of the Outer Hebrides during the Second World War

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

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!

Production Details

Tagline
A Highland fling on a tight little island
UK certificate
PG
Duration
82 minutes
Release date
Thursday 16th June 1949
Distributor

General Film Distributors

Production company
Also known as
  • Tight Little Island (Foreign title)
Soundtrack
Music composed and conducted by Ernest Irving, based on old Scottish tunes and played by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 16th June 2019 at 11:30am on BBC2

Website links

Paywall

Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • View location details

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?