Freedom of the Seas (film)

Freedom of the Seas is a 1934 British comedy war film directed by Marcel Varnel and starring Clifford Mollison, Wendy Barrie and Zelma O'Neal. It was adapted by Roger Burford from the West End play of the same name by Walter C. Hackett.[1]

Freedom of the Seas
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Directed byMarcel Varnel
Written byRoger Burford
Based onFreedom of the Seas
by Walter C. Hackett
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Edited bySidney Cole
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
17 September 1934
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Produced by British International Pictures, the film was shot at Elstree Studios with sets designed by the art director Cedric Dawe. It was French director Varnel's first film in Britain following a spell in Hollywood. He went on to be a prominent maker of comedies during the following decade, working with Will Hay, George Formby and others. It is also notable as David Lean's first film credit, as focus puller.


Smith, a mild-mannered clerk, unexpectedly becomes one of the first among his colleagues to sign up on the declaration of World War I. Undashing but courageous, he foils a German sabotage plot.



  1. ^ Goble p.770


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

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