About the film
scotland based on novel or book world war ii island shipwreck whiskey food rationing homefront 1940s hebrides
Release Date: June 16, 1949
|Production Companies||:||Ealing Studios, General Film Distributors|
|Producers||:||Michael Balcon, Monja Danischewsky, Hal Mason, L.C. Rudkin|
|Writers||:||Angus MacPhail, Compton MacKenzie, Compton MacKenzie|
Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year.