A tale of the highs and lows of life protecting the vital convoys between America & England during WWII.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Clements ...
Lieutenant Cranford
Edward Chapman ...
Captain Eckersley
Lucy Armitage
Penelope Dudley-Ward ...
Edward Rigby ...
Charles Williams ...
'Shorty' Howard
Allan Jeayes ...
Commander Blount (as Alan Jeayes)
Harold Warrender ...
Lt. Commander Martin
David Hutcheson ...
Captain Sandeman
George Carney ...
Al Millen ...
Charles Farrell ...


Lt. Cranford lives the life of a playboy sportsman until the outbreak of war when he joins the Royal Navy and is assigned to convoy protection duties. The convoy is a part of the vital supply chain that is all that is allowing Britain to fight off the Nazi threat. A German battleship targets the convoy protection ships and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

3 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comboio  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Ultra Violet Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judy Campbell was forced to play all her scenes with Clive Brook in carpet slippers, in order to reduce their relative height. See more »


When the order is given to 'Cease Fire', an officer speaks into the speaking tubes. However, these were put out of action earlier with orders being passed along a chain of men. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prefatory title: " CONVOY" is dedicated in all gratitude to the Officers and Men of the Royal and Merchant Navies. Their cheerful co-operation made it possible to present the many scenes in our film which were taken at sea under actual wartime conditions. See more »


Referenced in Enigma (2001) See more »


Eternal Father, strong to save
(also known as "Royal Navy Hymn") (uncredited)
Lyrics by William Whiting
Music by John B. Dykes
Sung by the survivors at the church parade back in harbour
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gamages dear boy gamages
18 March 2007 | by (london) – See all my reviews

The title to this review is according to legend the remarks of Noel Coward when coming out of a screening.To those of you too young to know Gamages was a big department store on the corner of High Holborn and Grays Inn Road,which in its toy department sold lots of model planes and boats.If you look at the battle scenes it is quite apparent that the crew of this film have never been further than the water tank that used to be situated under the floor of the main stage at Ealing.There are lots of familiar faces such as the up and coming Michael Wilding and Stewart Granger.This is essentially stiff upper lip flag waving material.Which is enjoyable if rather dated,so just suspend your disbelief when watching this.

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