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

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  11 June 1953 (UK)
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In 1940, Canadian sailor Andrew Brown is prisoner on a battle damaged German raider and he plans to delay the raider's at-sea repairs until a British naval task-force can destroy it.

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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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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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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 greatest story of the sea by today's greatest storyteller !

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C.S. Forester's Sailor of the King  »

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$1,220,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Richard Widmark was considered for the main role. See more »

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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 »

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Version of Born for Glory (1935) See more »

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God Save the King
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Arranged by Cyril J. Mockridge and Edward B. Powell
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" Bravery often waits within the confines of every hero "
3 July 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have always admired the work of C.S. Forester. Some of his most enduring books are about English Captain Horatio Hornblower who served during the French Napoleonic and revolutionary War. In this movie called "Sailor of the King" my favorite actor Jeffrey Hunter plays Signalman Andrew Brown who is aboard H.M.Ship Ansley when it is sunk by a German Crusier. Another favorite actor Michael Rennie who is well remembered as Klatuu from 'The Day the Earth stood still' plays Capt. Richard Saville who longs to do battle with the German navy. In Forester's original work, he had Brown as Saville's son even though neither know of the other. In the movie it is only hinted that both men are related even when both are brought before the King to be decorated and knighted. The movie itself is well directed by Roy Boulting and if you look closely, you'll see Bernard Lee who later became James Bonds' boss at MI6. This is a fine movie and one which is listed as a early Classic in the annals of Military movies. Easily recommended for all. ****


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