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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)
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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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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Budget:

$1,220,000 (estimated)
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Richard Widmark was considered for the main role. See more »

Goofs

When the Essen's main guns fire on Brown at the Resolution inlet, three guns per turret are visible, but when the Essen is seen sinking after the final battle with the British task force, only 2 guns per turret are visible. 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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One of the truly great WWII movies
21 May 2005 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

I remember this film as being one of my Dad's favorite films as my brother's and I were growing up in the 1950s. I had described this movie to many people since then and no one else seemed to know what I was talking about. Then, in about 1990, the cable network, American Movie Classics (AMC) ran the film a couple of times and the film disappeared once more.

Everything about this film is just right. The storyline, music, acting and suspense are what makes a film a memorable experience. When I think of all the junk films that get picked up by AMC, Fox Movie Classics (FMC) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), I have to wonder who is selecting the films these channels broadcast. They must have someone there who doesn't like Black & White Films. There were a handful of films made in the 10 years that followed WWII that are simply "Must Have" movies that people would like to add to their collections that the studios are either clueless about or they know nothing about the "Gold in their Vaults".

Consider how long it took to get Battleground released on DVD. Then think about Sailor of The King (Jeffrey Hunter), The Gallant Hours (James Cagney), Decision Before Dawn (Oskar Werner), 36 Hours (James Garner), and ask yourself if Hollywood is capable of making anything like these films again. You won't like the answer.

Come on Fox, get these films out.


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