True as a Turtle 1957 – John Gregson

 True as a Turtle 1957 is a film that I am not too familiar with although I remember the name from the time of release.

Wendy Toye directed this Comedy – Here she is below on the Set of the Film.

Wendy Toye

This film was directed by Wendy Toye who was one of the few women directors of the era.  Featuring  actors John Gregson and June Thorburn,with support from Cecil Parker, Keith Michell and Avice Langdon.


Wendy Toye remembers  one particular scene that she was directing which involved quite a lot of film crew and actors on board a small boat.  John Gregson had to climb the mast of the boat.  This is he did and the shot was safely in the can – he climbed down – and no sooner had he done so  the mast cracked and came crashing down. Luckily no-one was hurt but John Gregson was very relieved as were the people on board who had all escaped any injury.

True as a Turtle


John Gregson, June Thorburn, Wendy Toye and Keith Michell ABOVE

True as a Turtle

“True as a Turtle” provides an enjoyable look back at sailing and society in post-war England.

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The boats are beautiful, the sailing  fascinating, and the people delightful.

The Film is a real treat particularly for those who like to sail.

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ABOVE – June Thorburn wrestles with the sail.

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Another Action shot – as they set sail. Looks quite precarious



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