The inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides are largely unaffected by wartime rationing...that is until the supply of whisky runs out in 1943.
Things take an unexpected turn for the better when the freighter S.S. Cabinet Minister runs aground due to heavy fog late one night. The Biffer (Morland Graham) and Sammy MacCodrun (John Gregson) row out to investigate and are ecstatic to learn from its departing crew that the cargo consists of 50,000 cases of whisky.
Classic Ealing comedy about the no-holds-barred battle waged by a Hebridean island community, parched by wartime shortages, determined to put a shipwrecked cargo of whisky to proper use before officialdom can lay claim to it. Reminiscent of Passport to Pimlico in its amiable puncturing of bureaucracy, but a good deal sharper as a parable of colonialism, with the Scots contriving a humiliating double-edged comeuppance for their English laird and master (Radford). Delightful characterisations, lovely locations on the island of Barra.