Release date4 September 1956 (1956-09-04) (UK)
17 December 1957 (1957-12-17) (USA) WriterFalkland L. Cary (screenplay), Falkland L. Cary (stage play "Sailor Beware"), Philip King (screenplay), Philip King (stage play "Sailor Beware") CastPeggy Mount, Shirley Eaton (Shirley Hornett), Esma Cannon, Michael Caine (Sailor), Gordon Jackson Similar moviesPeggy Mount appears in Panic in the Parlour and Inn for Trouble
On the day of his wedding, a man gets cold feet thanks to his fiancees (Shirley Eaton) domineering mother (Peggy Mount).
Sailor Beware! (1956) is a British comedy directed by Gordon Parry. It was released as Panic in the Parlor in the United States.
It follows the story of a sailor betrothed to be married, but wary that home-life may echo that of her parents: a hen-pecked husband and battle-axe mother.
It was one of Michael Caines very first films, where he has a small, uncredited role as a sailor.
Battle-axe Emma Hornett dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry, his meek sister Edie and daughter Shirley. Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert,raised in an orphanage,and he and best man Carnoustie stay with the Hornetts on the eve of the wedding, though Emma makes sure the stag night is a brief one. Next day Albert fails to show up for the wedding. He eventually turns up at the house and confides in the vicar that if family life is anything like the Hornetts he wants no part of it. When the Hornetts are told this Emma declares that she sees that has been a "very wicked woman" and will mend her ways but, as the young couple eventually marry and move into their own house , one wonders how long her change of heart will last.
Peggy Mount ... Emma Hornett
Shirley Eaton ... Shirley Hornett
Ronald Lewis ... Albert Tufnell
Cyril Smith ... Henry Hornett
Esma Cannon ... Edie Hornett
Gordon Jackson ... Carnoustie Bligh
Geoffrey Keen ... Rev. Mr. Purefoy
Joy Webster ... Daphne Pink
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Lack
Eliot Makeham ... Uncle Brummell
Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Edie Martin ... Little Woman in Church
Margaret Moore ... Little Girl
Barbara Hicks ... Little Girls Mother
George Rose ... Waiter at Banfields
Frank Atkinson ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Alfie Bass ... Organist (uncredited)
Richard Beynon ... Bearded Sailor (uncredited)
Douglas Blackwell ... Co-op Man (uncredited)
Anne Blake ... (uncredited)
Michael Caine ... Sailor (uncredited)
Peter Collingwood ... Verger (uncredited)
George A. Cooper ... Petty Officer (uncredited)
Paul Eddington ... Bearded Sailor (uncredited)
Charles Houston ... (uncredited)
Jack MacGowran ... Toddy (uncredited)
Henry McGee ... Milkman (uncredited)
John Pike ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Anthony Sagar ... Naval Rating (uncredited)
Peggy Mount appears in Panic in the Parlour and Inn for Trouble. Sailor Beware (1952). Privates Progress (1956). Lets Go Navy! (1951). Folly to Be Wise (1953).
The film was one of the ten most popular films at the British box office in 1956.