January 2, 2017


Alf’s Button Afloat – 1938 | 89 mins | Comedy | B&W

Plot Synopsis

Alf's Button Afloat

Corny wartime farce adapted from W.A. Darlington’s famous play and starring The Crazy Gang – Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Charles Naughton and Jimmy Gold. Alastair Sim overacts wildly and tends to steal most scenes he�s involved in.

The story begins with Aladdin burying his magical lamp in the ground before his death. Years later the lamp is dug up and brought to England as a Persian souvenir, but due to wartime shortages is handed over as salvage and made into a button for a sailor�s tunic.

Meanwhile, six busking brothers (The Crazy Gang) are enlisted by mistake into the Marines, and posted onboard HMS Invicta. Alf (Bud Flanagan) is handed the tunic with the magical brass button and once rubbed it produces a genie (Alastair Sim) who grants his new owner any wish – Alf declares �Strike me pink!” The genie duly obeys his new master�s command and the ship�s doctor subsequently orders the vessel to be quarantined believing Alf has contracted an unknown disease.

The cantankerous genie creates mayhem onboard ship and The Crazy Gang become involved in Lieutenant Hardy�s attempt to woo Captain Driscol�s daughter by purchasing the Hardy family ancestral home and turning it into a harem.

Production Team

Marcel Varnel: Director
Alex Vetchinsky: Art Direction
Arthur Crabtree: Cinematography
Alfred Roome: Editing
RE Dearing: Editing
Louis Levy: Music Direction
Charles Williams: Original Music
Edward Black: Producer
Ralph Smart: Script
Val Guest: Script
Marriott Edgar: Script
Sydney Wiles: Sound Department


Bud Flanagan: Alf Higgins
Chesney Allen: Ches
Jimmy Nervo: Cecil
Teddy Knox: Teddy
Charlie Naughton: Charlie
Jimmy Gold: Jimmy
Alastair Sim: The Genie of the Button
Wally Patch: Sergeant Hawkins
Peter Gawthorne: Captain Driscol

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