Why Sailors Leave Home

1930 British comedy film.

Why Sailors Leave Home

Why Sailors Leave Home

Made in 1930, this musical Middle Eastern adventure was the second comedy film starring former Great War entertainer Leslie Fuller - the 'rubber-faced comedian' who was at the height of his popularity in Britain during the 1930s. Featuring Fuller in the much-loved role of dim-witted Cockney Bill, and co-written by his erstwhile concert-party cohort Syd Courtenay, the film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

When their ship arrives in an Arabian port, the sailors are given shore leave - among them Bill Biggles, who has previously had little success with women. Visiting a sheik who has long been under obligation to him, Bill is welcomed at the palace, and the polygamous ruler, who has abducted a damsel, decides to absent himself and appoint Bill as his deputy. It seems Bill's luck is set to change dramatically - until the wives decide to go on strike!

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First released: Monday 11th August 2014

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Catalogue: 7954164

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