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Botany Bay (1953)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  7 October 1953 (USA)
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In 1787, American medical student Hugh Tallant and British convicts are sent from London to New South Wales on a ship commanded by the evil Captain Gilbert.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hugh Tallant
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Capt. Paul Gilbert
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Sally Munroe
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Gov. Phillips (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Murray Matheson ...
Rev. Mortimer Thynne
Dorothy Patten ...
Mrs. Nellie Garth
John Hardy ...
Nat Garth
Hugh Pryse ...
Ned Inching
Malcolm Lee Beggs ...
Nick Sabb
Anita Sharp-Bolster ...
Moll Cudlip (as Anita Bolster)
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Tom Oakly
Alec Harford ...
Brig-keeper Jenkins
Noel Drayton ...
Second Mate Spencer
Brandon Toomey ...
Guard (as Brendan Toomey)
Ben Wright ...
Deck Officer Green
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In 1787 prisoners from London's Newgate Gaol are to be shipped to New South Wales. Hugh Tallant is an American medical student whom, we learn at sea, was falsely imprisoned. Because of his attempt to escape, evil Captain Gilbert decides to return him to England on charges of mutiny. Events, including arrival of plague, keep Tallant busy in New South Wales. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SAVAGE as the Great Continent They Invaded!


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Das Schiff der Verurteilten  »

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In 1941, Joel McCrea expressed interest in playing the lead role and in 1946 a version starring Ray Milland was planned.It never happened because Paramount was concerned over production costs if the movie was filmed in Australia, as intended. See more »

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Hugh Tallant: I'd rather be a free man running than the most comfortable slave in the world.
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Still haunted by Mason's villainy!
16 July 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

As of this date, the only other IMDb comment on this title is one with which I can agree. I saw it during its neighborhood run in the year of its release and recall that it did, indeed, look like the budget must have been rather minuscule. But James Mason's performance is one that I can still remember as entirely disturbing for a young moviegoer not yet in his teens. What an actor! He made this film, which Paramount obviously treated as just a programmer, quite an experience. If remade today, I suppose we'd have Mel Gibson in the Alan Ladd role and, perhaps, Geoffrey Rush trying to imitate Mason's indelible portrait, plus some authentic Australian locations. But once was enough, for it was quite a grim experience, and the brutality that would probably be gruesomely depicted today would be more than I'd pay to see!


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