“Any man who stands between us and the whiskey is an enemy!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
banding together against Customs and Excise men (as personified by Home Guard C.O. Radford):
… and also the impact that drinking has on a young man (Gordon Jackson) smothered by his overbearing mother (Jean Cadell):
Thanks to a bit of drink, Jackson finally works up the courage to tell Cadell he’s going to marry to his girlfriend (Gabrielle Blunt).
Meanwhile, Blunt’s sister (Joan Greenwood) is romanced by a returning sergeant (Bruce Seton) much older than her:
… and a dying man (James Anderson) is resurrected by the presence of his favorite libation.
Note: Film fanatics will likely be tickled to see Catherine Lacey from Michael Reeves’ The Sorcerers (1967) in an earlier role here.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)