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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)
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Signalman Willy 'Misery' Earnshaw
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Capt. Tom Ashley, HMS 'Amesbury'
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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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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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The plot of the film is taken from C. S. Foresters 1929 book "Brown on Resolution". See more »

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While Brown is firing on the ship, his rifle keeps changing from a German Mauser 98 to a British Enfield. This becomes apparent in the close up views where the rear bridge peep sight is visible. The Mauser rear sight is on the barrel. See more »

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Version of Born for Glory (1935) See more »

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Loyalty and paternity. Father and son, Mother and son symbolised by the idea of "For King and Country"
28 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film with no previous knowledge of its content or style and I was delighted to discover that it was a curiously interesting work. Very well acted by Jeffrey Hunter. A man who was often wasted in Hollywood. Surprised me the interplay Hunter has with Bernard Lee. It is quite mature and they play very well and with great sensitivity the part of father and son figures as the only survivors of a ship sinking. This was greatly helped by a very finely crafted dialogue. Instead, Michel Rennie and Wendy Hiller are quite stilted and their characters appear to be badly drawn and unidimensional. Today I saw this film with TWO endings. After the first ending a card appears on the screen telling the audience that this is an experiment. They'll show a second, different,ending and will distribute cards in he lobby of the cinema (I saw it on TV!) for a vote of which one was the favourite. Great!


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