Wendy Toye was one of only two prominent female film directors working in the British film industry in 1950s and 1960s (Muriel Box was the other) and she prided herself in her ability to get films made on time and in budget without any fuss. As well as the features she made, she made a series of incredibly original and inventive short films, including two with illustrator Ronald Searle: the Oscar-nominated On the Twelfth Day… and The King’s Breakfast.
We Joined the Navy is a 1962 British naval comedy starring British film icon Kenneth More, Lloyd Nolan, Joan O’Brien and Mischa Auer and directed by award-winning Wendy Toye. Lieutenant Commander Robert Badger (Kenneth More, The Deep Blue Sea, Genevieve) is an excellent naval officer with one major problem. He speaks the truth at the most inopportune times, leading him to be transferred from ship to shore, and then to instruct at the Royal Naval College. When his remarks are repeated by one of his students to his father, an anti-military Member of Parliament, he has one last chance to prove himself.
New The Extraordinary Career of Wendy Toye Pt 2, featuring interviews with BFI Curator Jo Botting and film critic Pamela Hutchinson
Visions: Wendy Toye & Sally Potter: Two Directors (1984)
DVD/Blu-ray Premiere short film The King’s Breakfast (1963)
Behind the Scenes stills gallery
For the 2022 restoration of We Joined the Navy, STUDIOCANAL went back to the original camera negative which was scanned and restored in 4K to produce a brand new HD master