Alf’s Button Afloat (1938)

black and white
mono, English

A British comic fantasy directed by Marcel Varnel.

Plot Summary

One of the buttons on Alf's pyjamas is made from metal taken from 's lamp and when he rubs it a genie appears.


Director: Marcel Varnel
Gainsborough, Gaumont-British
Script: Marriott Edgar, Val Guest
Adaptation: Ralph Smart
Adapted from W.A. Darlington's famous farce
Director of Photography: Arthur Crabtree
Editor: R.E. Dearing
Cutting: Alfred Roome
Musical Director: Louis Levy
Sound Recording: S. Wiles
Sound Recorded at: Islington, London
Settings: Vetchinsky

Bud Flanagan (Alf Higgins)
Chesney Allen (Ches)
Jimmy Nervo (Cecil)
Teddy Knox (Teddy)
Charlie Naughton (Charlie)
Jimmy Gold (Jimmy)
Alastair Sim (the genie of the button)
Wally Patch (Sergeant Hawkins)
Peter Cawthorne (Captain Driscol)
Agnes Laughlin (Lady Driscol)
Glennis Lorimer (Frankie Driscol)
James Carney (Lt Harry)
Wilson Coleman (Sub-Cmdr Brown)
J.H. Roberts (Aladdin)
Bruce Winston (Mustapha)

See also
Alf's Button (1920)
Alf's Button (1930)
Alf's Carpet (1929)



  • Film Weekly vol.20 no.507 (2 July 1938) p.23 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1628 (30 June 1938) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.5 no.54 (June 1938) p.154 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.132 no.4 (23 July 1938) p.42 – review


  • The A-Z of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films p.13 – credits, review
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.33 – credits, synopsis
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.18 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.8 – credits