Alexander Mackendrick always managed to bring an undertone of social reality to the comic fantasies he directed for Britain’s Ealing Studios, and for that reason they remain in the mind much longer than those of his colleagues. This 1954 effort stars the Hollywood actor Paul Douglas as an American millionaire who has hired an ancient cargo boat to haul a mountain of expensive furniture to his new vacation home on a Scottish island; Mackendrick satirizes the American’s bluster and the willful inefficiency of the cranky Scottish crew without compromising the warmth of the utopian dream—the quest for a safe harbor from the franticness of modern life—that motivates the action. With Alex Mackenzie and James Copeland.