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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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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
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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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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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11 June 1953 (UK)  »

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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Widmark was considered for the main role. 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 »

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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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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