The Middle Watch
Directed byThomas Bentley
Written byIan Hay (play)
Stephen King-Hall (play)
Clifford Grey
J. Lee Thompson
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
StarringJack Buchanan
Greta Gynt
Fred Emney
Kay Walsh
CinematographyClaude Friese-Greene
Edited byMonica Kimick
Distributed byPathé Pictures International
Release date
11 May 1940
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Middle Watch is a 1940 British comedy film, directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Jack Buchanan, Greta Gynt, Fred Emney and Kay Walsh.[1] It was produced by Associated British Picture Corporation at their Welwyn Studios. It was based on a play of the same title by Ian Hay and Stephen King-Hall which had previously been adapted as a film in 1930, and which was adapted again in 1958.[2][3]


This comedy film features battleship Captain Maitland (Jack Buchanan) celebrating a bon voyage party. He later discovers two stowaways, attractive young women, but much too late to turn back. Despite the captain's efforts to hide them, they are soon discovered, with predictable consequences.[4]



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  2. ^ "The Middle Watch (1931)".
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  4. ^ "The Middle Watch (1939) - Thomas Bentley | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".