At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage. Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monsarrat's brilliant best seller comes surging to life
Did You Know?
When the film was made in 1952, no Flower Class corvettes remained in Royal Navy service. The ship used was therefore the Greek corvette Kriezis, brought to Britain for scrapping. She was already scrapped by the time the film premiered. See more
In the opening scene of the film where the captain joins the ship it is obvious that the paintwork is filthy and smeared with numerous oily hand prints where the door has been closed. In other scenes aboard "Compass Rose" the paintwork can be clearly seen to be chipped where it has been knocked. Unlikely in a brand new ship that has never left dock before! See more
If anyone else makes a noise, I'll have his guts for a necktie.
Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films
The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep wake See more