STUDIOCANAL  has announced the release of a brand-new 4K restoration of the British comedy classic, THREE MEN IN A BOAT,that will be available to own on Blu-RayDVD and Digital from August 19

Based on Jerome K. Jerome’s 1889 comic novel of the same name, this film adaptation earned screenwriters Hubert Gregg (After the Ball, Stars in your Eyes) and Vernon Harris (Oliver!, Born to Sing) a BAFTA nomination on release and was the 12th highest grossing release of 1957. Directed by Ken Annakin (Monte Carlo or Bust, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines), THREE MEN IN A BOAT stars Laurence Harvey (Women of Twilight, Room at The Top), David Tomlinson (Mary Poppins, The Love Bug) and Jimmy Edwards (The Bed Sitting Room, Innocents in Paris) as three Edwardian men-about-town want to get away from it all and decide to take a boating holiday on the Thames. 

“A million laughs that have made millions laugh!”

Harris (Jimmy Edwards), J (David Tomlinson), and George (Laurence Harvey) decide to take a holiday boating up the Thames to Oxford. George is happy to spend time away from his desk at the bank, Harris is glad to get away from Mrs. Willis (Martita Hunt) who is pressing him to marry her daughter Clara (Adrienne Corri) and 'J' is simply keen to take a break from his wife, Ethelbertha (Noelle Middleton). 

Quickly finding themselves in all manner of complications thanks to the Hampton Court maze, tents, rain, locks and Henley Regatta, the accident-prone threesome feel their luck is changing upon meeting three girls; Sophie (Shirley Eaton) and sisters Bluebell (Jill Ireland) and Primrose (Lisa Gastoni), who are also taking a ride up the river. However, things again take a turn for the worse with the surprise appearance of Mrs. Willis, her daughter and Ethelbertha…

Though Jerome’s story has been adapted multiple times for film and television, including notable versions from Ealing Studios and the BBC, Ken Annakin’s take on the source material offers a halcyonic innocence and acts as a refreshing antidote for these less carefree times. 


New Tracing the Source: An interview with Jeremy Nicholas (President of the Jerome K. Jerome Society)

New Messing Around on the River: An interview with Matthew Sweet

B&W Stills Gallery

Original Trailer

Cert: U / Runtime: 91mins

Three Men In A Boat (1956)

1h 31m

Director: Ken Annakin
Cast: : Laurence Harvey, Jimmy Edwards, David Tomlinson

UK Release: Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital 19th August 2024