Cast & Crew
After 2 years at sea, hard-drinking merchant sailor Charlie Gooding returns to London and discovers that his East End home has been replaced by a block of new apartments and his wife, Maggie, is missing. Because of his explosive temper, his mother and neighbors are afraid to tell him that Maggie is living with Bert, a bus driver. Furious, Charlie holds his brother, Fred, hostage in the Red Lion, a local pub, until the latter's wife sends for Maggie. Charlie finally does meet his wife in the park, where she is wheeling a baby carriage, but Charlie doubts that the child is his. However, after confessing their mutual infidelities, Charlie accepts Christabel, the infant, as his daughter and takes immediate steps to move his family into his mother's home. That evening all concerned are celebrating the reunion at the Red Lion when Bert suddenly appears. The inevitable brawl follows, but Maggie thrashes Bert with her handbag. Peace is restored, and Bert philosophically decides to return to his estranged wife as Charlie and Maggie bicker, a longstanding practice of theirs.
Peggy Ann Clifford
Harry H. Corbett
Filmed in London's East End. Opened in London in March 1963; running time: 94 min. Subtitles were added to some American release prints to ensure that the dialogue, spoken in a Cockney dialect, would be understood.