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Sons of the Sea (1939)

 -  Drama | War  -  23 December 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Leslie Banks ...
Capt. Hyde
Kay Walsh ...
Alison Devar
Mackenzie Ward ...
Newton Hulls
Cecil Parker ...
Cmdr. Herbert
Simon Lack ...
Philip Hyde
Ellen Pollock ...
Margaret Hulls
Peter Shaw ...
Lt. John Strepte
Kynaston Reeves ...
Prof Devar
Charles Eaton ...
Ian Fleming ...
Naval Intelligence Officer


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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23 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Havets söner  »

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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 »


Referenced in Keaton's Cop (1990) See more »

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Strange goings on at Naval College
16 June 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Sons of the Sea was screened recently on BBC2 and I was pleased I taped it. This is a rare early British colour movie from 1939.

The Captain of the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth is murdered and and his replacement fears he was the intended target. With the help of his son who is at the college, he tries to find out what exactly happened. Also, there is an agent from the Secret Service staying at the college and the professor at the local observatory isn't acting normal either. Strange goings on...

This movie was filmed on location at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and as a regular holidaymaker in this area at Paignton, I have visited several of the locations filmed in this, including Dartmouth and Kingswear. The railway scenes were shot on what is now the preserved Paignton and Dartmouth Railway. Not a lot has changed since 1939.

The cast includes Leslie Banks, Kay Walsh, Cecil Parker and Nigel Stock. Good parts from all.

Sons of the Sea is worth a look at if you get the chance. Very enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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