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Whisky Galore! (1949) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by Alexander Mackendrick and produced by Michael Balcon and Monja Danischewsky.

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Farquharson: My men are experts.
Captain Paul Waggett: So are the Todday people, at hiding whisky!


Narrator: [describing the inhabitants of Todday as children run out of a cottage] A happy people, with few and simple pleasures.


Captain Paul Waggett: [Speaking about the islanders] They're so unsporting. They don't do things for the sake of doing them like the English. We play the game for the sake of the game. Other nations play the game for the sake of winning it.


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The story was based on a real-life incident that occurred in 1941 on the Hebridean island of Eriskay when the SS Politician ran aground. The tale of how a group of local Scottish islanders raided a shipwreck for its consignment of 24,000 cases of whisky quickly became legend. What's less well reported, however, was the fact that the ship was also carrying a sizeable amount of hard cash. According to official files recently released by the Home Office, there was nearly 290,000 ten shilling notes on board as well (this would be the equivalent of several million pounds at today's prices), not all of which was ever recovered.
The main reason for the film going dramatically so over budget was not director Alexander Mackendrick's inexperience (this was his first film) but the appalling weather that the production had to endure, 1948's summer being one of the worst on record.
In the US, the novel and film were titled "Tight Little Island" as there was a ban at the time on using names of alcoholic drinks in titles.
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Also directed by Alexander Mackendrick




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Also released in 1949




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