The Cruel Sea (1953) Poster



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.
The film's huge success confirmed Jack Hawkins as an international star at the age of 42.
Two versions were shot of the scene where Captain Ericson talks to Lieutenant Lockhart about having to blow up his own men in the water. In one version he shed one tear, and in the second version he shed two tears. The second version was used.
The most successful film at the UK box office in 1953, as well as a surprise hit in the US.
Dirk Bogarde claimed to have been offered a bit part in this film.
The film debut of Alec McCowen.
Stanley Baker fought for the part of Bennett, and actually replaced another actor who had originally been cast.
Stanley Baker was very fond of eating sausages in real life.
Donald Sinden had lessons to make him talk in a higher-pitched manner, as the producers felt his real voice was too deep for the young character he played.
The Compass Rose was played by ex-HMS Coreopsis. She was given the number K49 in the film which was the number of HMS Crocus (sometimes wrongly thought to have been used in the film). The real number of the Coreopsis was K32.
Donald Sinden was originally supposed to play First Lieutenant James Bennett, until Stanley Baker was cast instead.
On boarding the castle class frigate, Ericson and Lockhart question whether there is actually a castle called 'Saltash Castle'. There is a castle in Saltash but it is more correctly called Trematon Castle.
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