Cinema: British Import

Tight Little Island (Rank; Universal-International). To the rugged inhabitants of the mythical Hebridean island of Todday, off the Scottish coast, the middle of the war brought a calamity "wor-r-rse than Hitler-r's bombs": there was no more whisky. Then a U.S.-bound vessel carrying 50,000 cases of Scotch ran aground off Todday's craggy harbor. All that stood between the parched islanders and a joyously illegal salvage job was the bumbling Englishman (Basil Radford) who, as the island's Home Guard captain, felt constrained to enforce the letter of the law.

Out of this excellent idea, which less skilled hands might have reduced to farce, the...

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