Deskbound Admiralty philanderer Commander Max Easton (James Mason) hatches a plot to make some cash by feigning his disappearance, only to reappear and sue the newspapers for allegations that he has defected. Vera Miles plays the love interest he's trying to impress in this deft comedy from James Bond director Guy Hamilton.
James Mason is cast as a naval officer in this entertaining and enjoyable comedy.
It's a role vastly different from the types he played in his earlier days in such films as The Seventh Veil and Odd Man Out when perhaps only the more perspicacious could foresee what a wide-ranging actor he would soon become.
He demonstrates how deftly he can handle comedy as he organises a scheme to get libel damages.