When newlyweds Jack (Ian Carmichael, displaying the dottiness that served him well throughout his career) and Peggy (Janette Scott) face eviction, they are tricked into buying a rundown houseboat.
After rebuilding the engine, they take their friends Sid (Sidney James) and Sandra (the beautiful Liz Fraser), on a local trip down the river to Folkestone, but somehow they end up in France, and with no fuel and supplies, they resort to desperate actions to get back home.
Carmichael had lost his ability to carry a picture by this point, and lovely though Thora Hird’s daughter Janette Scott is, she’s no great shakes as an actress.
Still, there’s a veritable treasure trove of eccentrics here, including Naunton Wayne, Irene Handl, Miles Malleson and Noel Purcell – not to mention old smoothie himself, Dennis Price.
C M Pennington-Richards