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Sailor of the King (1953)

Single-Handed (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 11 June 1953 (UK)
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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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
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Capt. Tom Ashley, HMS 'Amesbury'
Robin Bailey ...
Cdr. John Stafford - HMS 'Stratford'
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Storyline

The HMS Aylesbury is sunk by the the German raider Essen. Only two men survive and are rescued by the damaged German ship. When the Germans make for an isolated harbour to repair the damage the suffered during the fight one of the men decides he must do all he can to delay the repairs and give the Royal Navy time to locate and destroy the ship. Written by Jason

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

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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C.S. Forester's Sailor of the King  »

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$1,220,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the movie is set in World War Two, the basic situation on which the story is loosely based is that of the World War One naval battles of Coronel in the South Pacific and the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, both of which took place in 1914. As in the film, a British cruiser force was defeated in the first battle by a superior German force and then Royal Navy reinforcements sent from England allowed the British to triumph in the second encounter. See more »

Goofs

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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Featured in The Great Canadian Supercut (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King
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Arranged by Cyril J. Mockridge and Edward B. Powell
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Superlative movie making in all aspects
1 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had never seen the title of the movie as "Single-Handed." Nonetheless, this movie is near perfection. Without question, however, the ending is the crown jewel of the picture. Some have commented that the movie is "unrealistic." Perhaps if more movies fit that criteria movie going would be a much more enjoyable experience. Patrons don't need to be preached to about a particular high-profile director's, star's, or producer's politics or social commentary. A simple ride with an imaginative story and great, optimistic ending are all that's needed to get me to part with my money. Yes, this movie should be on DVD ASAP!!


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