Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Junior Member Country: England
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    1
    Liked
    0 times
    Hi, I hope I have spelt the title correctly. Basically I am a 25 year old who knows absolutely nothing about 1960s cinema.I am, however, looking for a classic British film from the 1960s (or so I am told). I have not seen the film myself but I do know that it features the song/nursery rhyme 'the big ship sailed through the ailey ailey oo'. I have posted a link to the song below, I hope this is allowed, the video linked is not mine. This cannot surely be seen as advertising, noone will benefit from this but it may help solve my problem.I am hoping to discover the title of the film so that I can then purchase the VHS (or even DVD, if it turns out to be available) for my Father for Christmas.Thank you for taking up your own time to read this and (hopefully) assits me. It is very much appreciated.Best Regards;Neil

  2. #2
    Senior Member Country: England cassidy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    2,901
    Liked
    94 times
    A Taste of Honey.
    Quote Originally Posted by nd1985 View Post
    Hi, I hope I have spelt the title correctly. Basically I am a 25 year old who knows absolutely nothing about 1960s cinema.I am, however, looking for a classic British film from the 1960s (or so I am told). I have not seen the film myself but I do know that it features the song/nursery rhyme 'the big ship sailed through the ailey ailey oo'. I have posted a link to the song below, I hope this is allowed, the video linked is not mine. This cannot surely be seen as advertising, noone will benefit from this but it may help solve my problem.I am hoping to discover the title of the film so that I can then purchase the VHS (or even DVD, if it turns out to be available) for my Father for Christmas.Thank you for taking up your own time to read this and (hopefully) assits me. It is very much appreciated.Best Regards;Neil

  3. #3
    Senior Member Country: England cornershop15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    8,872
    Liked
    177 times
    By the recently - and sadly - late Shelagh Delaney. Well done, cassidy. You just beat me to it. For the original poster, here's the Wikipedia page:

    Last edited by cornershop15; 06-12-11 at 10:37 PM.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,239
    Liked
    22 times
    The big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
    The ally-ally-oh, the ally-ally-oh
    Oh, the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
    On the last day of September.

    The captain said it will never, never do
    Never, never do, never, never do
    The captain said it will never, never do
    On the last day of September.

    The big ship sails

  5. #5
    Senior Member Country: Wales
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    687
    Liked
    55 times

  6. #6
    Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    20
    Liked
    0 times
    What exactly IS the ally-ally-oh? I always took it to be the Manchester ship canal..but i've since learnt the nursery rhyme predates the canal. . ..

  7. #7
    Senior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,239
    Liked
    22 times
    Nursery Rhyme Origins

    The rhyme and song was often sang by children playing skipping games, the lyrics suited the ritual chants for children 'jumping in' the skipping ropes. Perhaps the term 'big ships' provide a clue to the origins. The Manchester Ship canal was opened in 1894 and is the eighth-longest ship canal in the world, being only slightly shorter than the Panama Canal in Central America. The MSC was built for ocean-going ships - there were only six ships in the world too big to use the Ship Canal. These big ships started their journeys on the canal which led to the sea. The Manchester Ship Canal connected Manchester, W England, with the Mersey estuary at Eastham, Birkenhead. Perhaps this is the origin of the song...

    The big ship sails

  8. #8
    Senior Member Country: England jaycad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    6,876
    Liked
    100 times
    I thought the 'alley oh' was the Atlantic Ocean? The rhyme was very popular in the playgrounds of Liverpool.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Country: Great Britain CALF28's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    255
    Liked
    0 times
    This film was a Daily Telegraph freebie so it might turn up on Ebay. It'll be the cheapest option.

  10. #10
    Member Country: England
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    84
    Liked
    2 times
    it was also a skipping rhyme in east lancashire and was very popular.

  11. #11
    Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    49
    Liked
    0 times
    At the age of five I always thought the rhyme related to the Titanic sinking in the Atlantic ocean. In all fairness I haven't given it much thought in the nearly forty years since then lol.

Similar Threads

  1. Suggestions for good British films of the late 50s and 1960s please
    By Lustgarten in forum Ask a Film Question
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 10-09-14, 01:25 PM
  2. War film where ship is abandoned after torpedo attack
    By Elaine in forum Can You Name This Film
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-07-11, 12:33 AM
  3. British Empire Cinema of the 1950s and 1960s
    By prm502 in forum Media Studies
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 19-04-11, 11:04 PM
  4. Queens of 1960s British Pop on BBC4 tv
    By julian_craster in forum British Television
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 20-04-09, 07:08 PM
  5. Overlooked British Gems of the 1960s
    By DB7 in forum British Films and Chat
    Replies: 43
    Last Post: 16-11-06, 02:20 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts