The Girl on the Boat features red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet, and the three men, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, a lily-livered poet who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and his dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight. All four find themselves on an ocean liner headed for England together, and typically Wodehousian romantic shenanigans ensue.
Note: It first appeared in 1921 as a serial in the Woman's Home Companion in the United States under the title Three Men and a Maid.
During the 1920s, two young men returning to England on a transatlantic liner fall in love with two fellow passengers.
Release Date: August 5, 1962(UK)
Release Time: 90 minutes
Norman Wisdom - Sam Marlowe
Millicent Martin - Billie Bennett
Richard Briers - Eustace Hignett
Philip Locke - Bream Mortimer
Sheila Hancock - Jane
Athene Seyler - Mrs Hignett
Bernard Cribbins - Peters
Noel Willman - Webster
Reginald Beckwith - Barman
Timothy Bateson - Purser
Peter Bull - Blacksmith
Martin Wyldeck - J.P. Mortimer
William Sherwood - Mr Bennett
Georgina Cookson - Passenger
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.
An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by modern writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Sean O'Casey famously called him "English literature's performing flea", a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.
Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He wrote the lyrics for the hit song "Bill" in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin - Romberg musical Rosalie (1928), and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928).