The story of a class of Dartmouth cadets (or "Beatties) which is a rather superior kind of "Carry on Lieutenant Commander" with an outstanding cast of British actors doing what they do best. All but forgotten,"We joined the navy" fits comfortably into the middle - class comedy mould with the odd poignant moment. As one might expect,Mr Kenneth More is as a duck to water in the role of Lt.Cdr. Badger (The Artful Bodger),mentor of these wannabe naval officers.Other Wardroom and Lower Deck roles are filled by all our favourite character actors,those who make us smile as soon as they show their faces.A matter of slight concern is the Bodger's transfer to the U.S. Navy which has no relevance to Mr Winton's novel,but does not detract from the enjoyment of the earlier part of the movie.Not a success at the time of its release despite the talents involved,"We joined the navy" is well made and funny.As a committed admirer of Mr More I endorse this movie as one of the best and least known of his "middle - period" roles. If it ever comes your way in any medium I strongly recommend that you watch it.