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The Maggie

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

An Ealing Studios comedy drama from 1954 depicting a clash of cultures between a hard-nosed American businessman and a crafty Scottish sea captain, inspired by Neil Munro's stories of the Vital Spark and her captain Para Handy.

The Maggie is a small, ageing Clyde puffer boat, and her captain, the wily Mactaggart, is desperately in need of £300 to renew his license. A chance meeting at a shipping firm office leads to a mistaken commission to transport furniture for an American businessman, Calvin B Marshall. On learning of the reality of how his goods were being transported, Marshall takes matters into his own hands. A plane and car chase ensues, with numerous colourful adventures en route to the Maggie's final destination. Show less


Calvin B Marshall:
Paul Douglas
Captain MacTaggart:
Alex Mackenzie
The Engineer:
Abe Barker
Geoffrey Keen



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