Up The Creek

  • 1958
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

A lively remake of the 1937 British comedy OH MR. PORTER, which was itself a remake of the 1931 film THE GHOST TRAIN, which had originally been filmed as a silent in 1927. Seeing how many different versions of this material have flickered across the screen, it is a surprise that UP THE CREEK is as fresh and amusing as it is. Tomlinson stars as an overly...read more

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A lively remake of the 1937 British comedy OH MR. PORTER, which was itself a remake of the 1931 film THE GHOST TRAIN, which had originally been filmed as a silent in 1927. Seeing how many different versions of this material have flickered across the screen, it is a surprise that UP THE

CREEK is as fresh and amusing as it is. Tomlinson stars as an overly eager naval officer who dabbles in the art of rocket-making. Unfortunately, his hobby has frequently gotten out of hand and he has destroyed untold pounds' worth of naval property with his experiments. Seeking to put the

innocently dangerous officer somewhere where he can do little harm, the naval brass assigns Tomlinson to command a decrepit destroyer that is stationed in the middle of nowhere on the British coast. The ship hasn't had a commander in over two years and the men have gotten pretty used to listening

to the bosun, Sellers. On his arrival Tomlinson soon learns that his men, led by Sellers, have been operating a very lucrative black market out of the vessel, using naval services and supplies and selling them to the local townsfolk. Before Tomlinson can raise a hand to stop the illegal

activities, he finds himself embroiled in them. Trouble looms when a doddering old admiral (played with relish by Hyde-White) arrives for inspection. It looks as if the jig is up until Hyde-White accidentally sets off one of Tomlinson's rockets and sinks the old destroyer, wiping out all the

evidence. Sellers, in one of his earliest roles, steals the show. A sequel entitled FURTHER UP THE RIVER was made,sans Sellers.

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