Carry On Admiral

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Carry on Admiral (released in the United States as The Ship Was Loaded) is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Val Guest and featuring David Tomlinson and Ronald Shiner; Joan Sims, who later became prominent in the Carry On series, has a small part.[1] It predates and was not part of the Carry On series, and does not share any regular cast members beyond Sims, though it is similar in tone and style to the earliest films in the series.[2] Joan Hickson also made an appearance in this film and a few films in the Carry On series.[3] It was based on the 1947 stage play Off the Record, written by Ian Hay.[4]

Carry on Admiral
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Directed byVal Guest
Screenplay byVal Guest
Based onOff the Record by Ian Hay & Stephen King-Hall
StarringDavid Tomlinson
Ronald Shiner
Joan Sims
Music byPhilip Green
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byJohn Pomeroy
Distributed byRenown Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • 14 May 1957 (1957-05-14) (Britain)
CountryGreat Britain


In the course of a drunken reunion, two old friends (one a junior Government minister, the other a Royal Navy officer in uniform about to take command for the first time) switch clothes before passing out. Next morning, their changed clothes result in a series of cases of mistaken identity. The film follows the efforts of each to reunite himself with his own destiny.


The fictional ship HMS Sherwood in the film is played by a Daring-class destroyer. Other ships shown include the battleship HMS Vanguard and the frigate HMS Paladin during the title sequence, two Dido-class cruisers in early background scenes, and a Loch-class frigate during the closing credits. Several scenes were filmed in Admiralty House, in Portsmouth Naval Base.


  1. ^ "Carry On Admiral (1957)". BFI.
  2. ^ "Carry On Admiral (1957) - Val Guest | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "Joan Hickson | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  4. ^ Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.

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