Skywatch (1960)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Romance, War


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A comedy drama set in a WWII British Army Searchlight Squad. They are an odd bunch of misfits but somehow manage to get the job done.


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Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Vernon Harris (screenplay), Robert Storey (based on the play "Touch It Light" by)

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4 August 2019 | Marlburian
6
| Interesting cast in stagey wartime light comedy
I've just watched this film on the excellent British TV channel Talking Pictures.

Perhaps its best feature is the cast, almost all of whom I recognised, with several being on their way to greater things. Dick Emery has a few brief scenes as a driver, and it was interesting to see Benny Hill in a few non-comedic scenes depicting various emotions - sympathy, irritation, brotherly protectiveness.

His double-act on stage with Tommy Steele was wince-provoking, though I suppose it typified 1940s' entertainment. I couldn't make out the point of Sheila Hancock's terrible singing - it was incredibly bad.

The stage origins of the film are very obvious.

Others have queried the opening and closing scenes of village cricket matches before and after the war. I suppose they could have been meant to portray the quintessential English life that Britain sort to protect, but perhaps this is a subtlety beyond the modest aspirations of this film.

Wikipedia tells us that Tommy Steele deferred £7,500 of his fee, which perhaps is why he was allowed to escape a military haircut.

I'm puzzled as to why the IMDB lists the cast as, for example, "Ian Carmichael ... Lt. Ogleby (as Lt. Ian Carmichael)".

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