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British comedy film about shipwrecked women

Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me find the name of this film please - it's driving me mad! The film I'm trying to find is British black and white Ealing comedy type film: I'm afraid I can't remember everything about the story, but some ladies (three I think) end up living on an island (possibly Scottish or Irish) after a shipwreck (if not an island, somewhere very remote): they find a run-down cottage to live in on the island, and are befriended by the locals. A lot of goods from the ship wash up, a lot which have a man's name on; the women use the items (which I seem to remember includes a harp) to furnish "their" cottage, and tell the locals that they're the nieces of the man whose name is on the goods, and that he's ill and they're nursing him in the bedroom of their cottage, which is why no one ever gets to see him. I can clearly remember one scene where the women let each other down a cliff on a rope to get eggs from sea birds nests, as they don't have much food.

Eventually the locals get suspicious about never seeing the "uncle", and demand to see him; when the women open the bedroom door (expecting the bed to be empty) they find the man is in bed (so I'm guessing it must have been his own cottage the women were living in), which satisfies the locals. The film ends with him saying that as the women have "been" his nieces ever since they've been on the island, he'll go on "being" their uncle.

Any clues to this film would be greatly appreciated: Whiskey Galore (I can't remember anything to do with whiskey in the film I'm thinking of)and The Admirable Chrichton (which was on a tropical island) have sounded promising but I'm sure it's not either of these.

Many thanks


asked May 13, 2016 in Name That Movie by Mikeybaby (1 point)
edited May 13, 2016 by Mikeybaby
Hi, many thanks for the reply. I've just looked at the trailer and I think that's the film I'm after! It seems remembered the bit about an actual shipwreck wrongly (it was about 30 years ago that I saw the film), but everything else looks right.

Once again, many thanks for your help
JanosProhaska, you can submit this as the official answer.

1 Answer

"Alive and Kicking" (1959)

Found out by user JanosProhaska in the comments.

answered Aug 31, 2019 by casspir (19,166 points)