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Sons of the Sea (1939)

The head of Dartmouth Training College has been murdered, and his successor, Captain Hyde, suspects that he himself may have been the intended target. He enlists the help of his own son ... See full summary »

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Mackenzie Ward ...
Newton Hulls
Kay Walsh ...
Alison Devar
Simon Lack ...
Philip Hyde
Cecil Parker ...
Commander Herbert
Ellen Pollock ...
Margaret Hulls
Ian Fleming ...
Naval Intelligence Officer
Peter Shaw ...
Lt. John Strepte
Kynaston Reeves ...
Professor Devar
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Rudd
Gordon Begg ...
Waiter
Charles Eaton ...
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Robert Field ...
Inspector Blake
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The head of Dartmouth Training College has been murdered, and his successor, Captain Hyde, suspects that he himself may have been the intended target. He enlists the help of his own son Philip, a reluctant cadet at the college, to help him confirm his suspicions about planned enemy action... but meanwhile, there is a Secret Service agent staying at the college observatory, the foreign-born professor of astronomy is behaving strangely, and Naval Intelligence disclaim any knowledge of what is going on... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Filmed entirely in Dufaycolor with the full co-operation of the Admiralty

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Drama | War

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23 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Havets söner  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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(Dufaycolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The only feature film made in Dufaycolor, a single-strip color process that had been used previously in two sequences of Radio Parade of 1935 (1934). See more »

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Cmdr. Herbert: You wanted to quit the navy. You're quite right. There's no room in the service for boys like you.
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Referenced in Keaton's Cop (1990) See more »

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Dated spy thriller
30 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SONS OF THE SEA is a rather dated spy thriller set in and around the naval training college in Dartmouth. The film opens with the murder of an official and sees his replacement investigating the crime, suspecting that he himself may have been the intended target. Meanwhile a visiting secret service agent looks into the murder while the antics of a local astronomer also raise suspicion.

This film is chiefly of note for both the way in which it was made and the way it was filmed. It came out in 1939 just at the outset of WW2 and the enemies are obviously Nazis although they are never mentioned as such by name. The most interesting thing about this though is that it was actually made in colour thanks to a process called Dufaycolor. It was only used for this one film but is pretty decent and a good rival to the more popular Technicolor process.

Otherwise this is pretty heavy going, lacking the lightness of touch of many other thrillers from the era. There's no humour to speak of, just a lot of heavy emoting and back-and-forth conversations. I found the acting of the protagonists to be more than a little stuffy as well which also sapped my enjoyment. And the ending just sort of dawdles along instead of being exciting like it should be.


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