GenreComedy Initial DVD releaseJuly 3, 2007 Duration LanguageEnglish
DirectorC. M. Pennington-Richards WriterC.M. Pennington-Richards Release date30 March 1961 (London West End) CastIan Carmichael (Jack Goddard), Janette Scott (Peggy Goddard), Sid James (Sid Randall), Liz Fraser (Sandra Marsh), Dennis Price (Leonard Watson), Reginald Beckwith (Alfred Harper) Similar moviesIan Carmichael and Janette Scott appear in Double Bunk and Happy is the Bride
TaglineThey Doubled Up And So Will You
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Double Bunk is a 1961 British black-and-white comedy set on a houseboat, that stars Ian Carmichael and Sid James.
The musical score was composed by Stanley Black and the title song, sung by Sid James and Liz Fraser, was by Stanley Black, Jack Fishman and Michael Pratt.
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When newlyweds Jack (Ian Carmichael) and Peggy (Janette Scott) face eviction from their rented London flat, they are tricked into buying a rundown houseboat by its current owner Alfred Harper (Reginald Beckwith) and his put-upon wife (Irene Handl). Mr Watson (Dennis Price) owns Jack and Peggy’s mooring and soon makes their acquaintance by introducing them to his mooring tariffs and associated surcharges.
After rebuilding the engine with the help of his friend Sid (Sid James), a used-car salesman, Jack and Peggy plan a trip down the Thames River to Ramsgate, taking along Sid and his partner Sandra (Liz Fraser). On their way, they get into trouble with the Thames Conservancy (Naunton Wayne) and also the river police (Terry Scott).
After Sandra's transistor radio gets misplaced next to the compass, they manage to end up in Calais. With no fuel and supplies, they have to resort to desperate actions to get themselves and their houseboat back home. This involves Sandra putting on a striptease for Watson, who also happens to be in Calais Harbour on his own boat, to enable Jack and Sid to borrow some of Watson’s fuel and food. The next morning, they follow Watson back across the Channel, as their own compass is broken, and end up entering into a wager with Watson on who can get back to their mooring first. They win the bet when Watson's boat runs aground
The "Jasmine Cot" boat was actually "Joan Mary", an Admiralty 48 foot "Personnel Launch, Diesel" conversion. She was based at Newmans Shipyard, 1, Strawberry Vale, Twickenham. She was owned at the time by Mr. C Perfect. I know this because "Joan Mary" was home to me and my parents and they sold her to Mr. Perfect. Needless to say, all the tophamper was added just for the filming.
The film opened at the Leicester Square Theatre in London's West End on 30 March 1961 and went on general release in the UK on 8 May 1961.
Ian Carmichael as Jack
Janette Scott as Peggy
Sid James as Sid
Liz Fraser as Sandra
Dennis Price as Watson
Reginald Beckwith as Harper
Irene Handl as Mrs. Harper
Noel Purcell as O'Malley
Naunton Wayne as Thames Conservancy Officer
Bill Shine as Thames Conservancy Officer
Michael Shepley as Granville-Carter
Miles Malleson as Rev. Thomas
Gerald Campion as Charlie
John Harvey as Johnnie
Graham Stark as Flowerman
Tom Gill as Customs Officer
Gladys Henson as Mme. de Sola
Willoughby Goddard as Prospective Purchaser
Marianne Stone as Prospective Purchaser
Jacques Cey as French Official
Toby Perkins as Pukka Type
Hedger Wallace as 1st River Policeman
Terry Scott as 2nd River Policeman
Desmond Roberts as Freighter Captain
Peter Swanwick as Freighter Pilot
The New York Times called it an "extremely anemic little British comedy."
The Spinning Image called it "a gently amusing feel-good comedy that chugs along nicely...You know you're in for a good time as soon as Double Bunk's opening credits kick in accompanied by a jaunty ditty sung by co-stars Sid James and Liz Fraser"
Britmovie wrote, "the supporting cast is a veritable treasure trove of familiar faces, including Sid James, Naunton Wayne, Liz Fraser, Irene Handl, Miles Malleson and Noel Purcell and Dennis Price."