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Sailor of the King (1953)
"Single-Handed" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  11 June 1953 (UK)
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A British naval officer has a brief affair with a woman in England and never knows that she bears him a son. 20 years later the boy is on a ship under his command when he is tracking a ... See full summary »

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Signalman Andrew 'Canada' Brown
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Lt. Richard Saville
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Lucinda Bentley
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Petty Officer 'Stokes' Wheatley
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Kapitan von Falk (as Peter Van Eyck)
Victor Maddern ...
Signalman Willy 'Misery' Earnshaw
John Horsley ...
Cmdr. John Willis
Patrick Barr ...
Capt. Tom Ashley, HMS 'Amesbury'
Robin Bailey ...
Cdr. John Stafford - HMS 'Stratford'
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Manxman
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Cleopatra
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Glasgow
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Storyline

A British naval officer has a brief affair with a woman in England and never knows that she bears him a son. 20 years later the boy is on a ship under his command when he is tracking a German Raider. When the boy is captured after his ship is sunk, he finds a way to slow the German's progress while a lethal hunt for him goes on. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Action | Drama | War

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11 June 1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

C.S. Forester's Sailor of the King  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The plot of the film is taken from C. S. Foresters 1929 book "Brown on Resolution". See more »

Goofs

The action is meant to take place on a volcanic atoll in the Pacific. When they sail out for the final battle the cliffs in the background are sedimentary chalk cliffs. See more »

Connections

Version of Born for Glory (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King
(uncredited)
Arranged by Cyril J. Mockridge and Edward B. Powell
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Great role for Jeffrey Hunter and a touching love-affair...
2 May 2002 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

...between Hiller and Rennie.

"Sailor of the king" seems to be a lot of fiction. But it is a gripping story of two lovers in WW1 and the adventures of their son in WW2.

I love the beginning of the movie with shy Michael Rennie and the charming Wendy Hiller. Then Jeff comes and takes the command. It is very thrilling to watch him shooting Peter van Eyck who is a famous german actor and plays very well too.

I do not like the ending. It is too unrealistic. >


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