The residents of Todday – a small (fictional) island in the Outer Hebrides – attempt to stop the RAF building a missile base on their island.
Squadron leader Hugh Manders (Donald Sinden) is sent to the island to negotiate and discovers a pastoral land peopled with quirky characters not at all willing to give up their homes or way of life. He also falls in love with local redhead, Janet Macleod (Jeannie Carson).
When a missile is finally launched, the guidance system fails and the missile returns to the land, rather than out at sea. As it is technically on privately owned land, the islanders claim it and celebrate their victory by dancing around the site.
The RAF tries unsuccessfully to negotiate but eventually abandons the base when rare “pink” gulls are “discovered” on the island.
Location filming took place on the island of Barra.
This sequel to Whisky Galore (1949) was released in some markets as Mad Little Island and features a veritable who’s who of Scottish actors and comedians.
Squadron Leader Hugh Mander
Father James McAlister
Air Commodore Watchorn
John Stevenson Lang