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WHISKY GALORE! starring BASIL RADFORD, JOAN GREENWOOD, BRUCE SETON, GORDON JACKSON, JAMES ROBERTSON JUSTICE and CATHERINE LACEY

Ealing Studios’ classic 1949 comedy is as much of a hit now as it was then; a light hearted, frothy and exaggerated comedy of Scottish islanders hit hard by a whisky drought during the throws of Second World War rationing.
Debut director Alexander Mackendrick’s film is adapted from the novel by Compton Mackenzie which in turn is based on the real life events of February 5th 1941 in which a whisky laden cargo ship, the S.S Politician, ran aground off the isle of Erisky with its 250,000 bottles of whisky ripe for the taking.
For 1941, S.S Politician and 250,000 bottles then, read 1943, S.S. Cabinet Minister and 50,000 cases here. If Mackendrick doesn’t depart too much from truisms of history then he certainly takes liberties with the characterizations of those who turned the stranded behemoth’s pain to their personal pleasure. An eccentric bunch of charming misfits full of flirtatious lasses, alcoholic geriatrics and young men fill out the wonderful cast, including the husky-voiced Joan Greenwood, along with Basil Radford, Gordon Jackson, James Robertson Justice and many other fine British character actors.
WHISKY GALORE is a grand example of post war celebratory cinema that would be as likely to take the edge of the memory of conflict as would a good dram. It may seem outrageously farcical but the fact that bottles are still being washed up on the shores of Eriskay reveal this to be a piece of cinematic imagination, a speculation on what (hopefully) might just have happened. At any rate WHISKY GALORE plays its comedy with such delightful obviousness and effortlessness that it can’t fail to warm the cockles as much as the eponymous liquor would itself.

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