The Maggie


Directed By

Alexander Mackendrick


The Maggie is the 1955 BAFTA-nominated Ealing comedy by Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick (Whisky Galore!, The Man in the White Suit, The Ladykillers), nominated for Best British Film, Best British Screenplay and Best Film From Any Source.

Written by William Rose, The Maggie is a decrepit puffer boat. Its captain, the canny Mactaggart (Alex Mackenzie), is in desperate need of £300 to renew his license. A chance meeting at a shipping firm office with the American magnate Calvin B Marshall (Paul Douglas) leads to a mistaken commission to transport furniture to his new property as he plans to surprise his wife with a summer residence in the British Isles. On learning of the reality of how his goods were being transported, Marshall realises he’s been conned by the crew but will he be able to stop them?

The Maggie was set in and shot around the River Clyde, the Crinan Canal and the Isle of Islay in Scotland. Through their work on the film, director Alexander Mackendrick and writer William Rose went onto write The Ladykillers together.

Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, and James Copeland
Release Date
24 August 2015
  • Vic 32 Puffer Ship Documentary
  • New Introduction by Charles Barr
  • Stills Gallery
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery).


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