Jack Ahoy is a 1934 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Jack Hulbert, Nancy O'Neil, Alfred Drayton and Sam Wilkinson.[1] Its plot follows a humble seaman falls in love with an Admiral's daughter, whilst trying to battle Chinese pirates.[2] The film was loosely remade in 1954 as Up to His Neck.[3]

Jack Ahoy
"Jack Ahoy" (1934).jpg
Directed byWalter Forde
Written byGerard Fairlie
Sidney Gilliat
Leslie Arliss
Jack Hulbert
Gerard Fairlie
Based ona story by Sidney Gilliat & J. O. C. Orton
Produced byMichael Balcon
StarringJack Hulbert
CinematographyBernard Knowles
Edited byIan Dalrymple
Music byBretton Byrd (uncredited)
Release date
  • February 1934 (1934-02)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


After failing to pass his entrance exam to Dartmouth Naval College, Jack Ponsonby (Jack Hulbert) enlists as an able seaman. On falling in love with the admiral's daughter Patricia (Nancy O'Neil), Jack stumbles into an adventure involving a den of Chinese river pirates who have stolen a British submarine. Anxious to prove himself a hero in Patricia's eyes, he manages to rescue both the admiral and his daughter, when they are kidnapped by the bandits.


Actor Role
Jack Hulbert Jack Ponsonby
Nancy O'Neil Patricia Fraser
Alfred Drayton Admiral Fraser
Tamara Desni Conchita
Henry Peterson Larios
Sam Wilkinson Dodger

Critical receptionEdit

The New York Times called it "An engaging bit of nonsense, acted to the point of sheer physical exhaustion by Mr. Hulbert and his companions, the picture can be recommended as a refreshing escape from the more serious things of life and the cinema";[4] and more recently, the Radio Times gave the film three out of five stars, and wrote, "Hulbert sings The Hat's on the Side of My Head and gets kidnapped by Chinese revolutionaries! There's a nice pace and an easy-going air of geniality brought to this maritime caper by skilled director Walter Forde, and its sheer breeziness is infectious."[5]


  1. ^ "Jack Ahoy". IMDb. 2 April 1934.
  2. ^ BFI.org
  3. ^ "Jack Ahoy! - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings | TVGuide.com". www.tvguide.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Movie Reviews". The New York Times. 5 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Jack Ahoy! (1934)".

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