Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 13, 1958

All at Sea (Ealing-Balcon; MGM) serves up Alec Guinness in seven roles (one less than he managed in Kind Hearts and Coronets), at one point lets him simmer while he peers haughtily from a cannibal's pot-au-feu. If some scheme could have been found for him to play all the parts, instead of just seven, the film might have been a comic masterpiece; as things are, it is only fitfully funny. Guinness is loftily addlepated as a Royal Navy captain whose stomach is so queasy that he tosses his tiffin whenever he sights open water,...

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