Based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie
, the 1949 Ealing version of Whisky Galore
It is based on the novel Whisky Galore by Sir Compton Mackenzie
who lived near the island's airport which is the UK's only beach landing strip.
Among the less notorious connected to the service were Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham, Compton Mackenzie
and Malcom Muggeridge.
According to The Guardian, Compton Mackenzie
, Malcolm Muggeridge, and philosopher AJ "Freddie" Ayer were among the many exotic characters who agreed to spy for Britain, mainly during wartime, and have been revealed in the first authorised history of the MI6.
In 1947, Scots author Compton Mackenzie
wrote a novel, Whisky Galore, based on the incident which, in 1949, was turned into an Ealing Comedy of the same name.
30 A 1947 novel by Compton Mackenzie
based on a real incident in 1941, the tale of how several hundred cases of whisky found their way to a remote Scottish island from a wrecked cargo vessel - much to the delight of the wily locals - became a much-loved Ealing comedy in 1949.
Ham-let - William Shakespeare Chocolat - Joanne Harris Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck Tea For Two - Cathy Maxwell Whisky Galore - Compton MacKenzie
Great Eggs-pectations - Charles Dickens Fried Green Tomatoes (at the Whistlestop Cafe ) - Fannie Flagg Cider With Rosie - Laurie Lee Of Rice And Men - John Steinbeck Peyton Plaice - Grace Matalious
Which novel by Compton Mackenzie
was made into a film in which Hebridean islanders attempt to evade the wartime authorities?
There is also an odd comparison of Buchan, rightly treated as serious writer and thinker, with the lightweight poseur, Compton Mackenzie
Documents have been recently released revealing that the author of 'Whisky Galore' - Sir Compton Mackenzie
- was watched by the MI5.
These giants, in turn, assisted later writers on their search, including Alfred Noyes, Compton MacKenzie
, Siegfried Sassoon, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Eric Gill, Sheila Kaye-Smith, David Jones, Roy Campbell, Frederick Copleston, Arnold Lunn, Robert Speaight, and Edith Sitwell.
The film was adapted from a book by Sir Compton MacKenzie
, who lived on Barra.