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The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

| Drama, War | June 1955 (USA)
During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep ... See full summary »

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Air Commodore Waltby
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Flight Sgt. MacKay
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Flying Officer Treherne
Nigel Patrick ...
Flight Sgt. Singsby
Bonar Colleano ...
Sgt. Kirby
James Kenney ...
Cpl. Skinner
Sydney Tafler ...
Cpl. Robb
Griffith Jones ...
Group Capt. Todd
Jack Watling ...
Flying Officer Harding
Guy Middleton ...
Squadron Leader Scott
Ian Whittaker ...
A.C.2 Milliken
Paul Carpenter ...
Lt Patrick Boyle, Sea Otter Pilot
George Rose ...
Tebbitt
Victor Maddern ...
Gus Westover
Eddie Byrne ...
Petty Officer Porter
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During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives awaiting the rescue they hope will come. The film's title reflects the motto of the RAF's Air Sea Rescue Service, one of whose high speed launches battles against its own mechanical problems, enemy action, time and the weather to locate and rescue the downed crew and the vital secret papers they carry. Written by Terry60

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SURGING DRAMA! Excitement that leaps from the screen!

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June 1955 (USA)  »

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Aporritos fakellos B-2  »

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The NFT in London planned to show this movie in the 1990s as part of a Lewis Gilbert season but had to cancel the screening when they found out no cinema prints existed. See more »

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When Gp Capt Todd is speaking to Mrs Watley at the railway station two airmen wearing the three-bladed propellor badge of the Senior Aircraftman pass by. This rank was not introduced until 1950. See more »

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The Man on the Flying Trapeze
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Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
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It is good to see a film made about a forgotten branch of the services.
16 July 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When much was made of the R.A.F.Squadrons flying countless missions against the enemy, and rightly so, it is refreshing that `The Sea Shall Not Have Them' shows the work done by the R.A.F. Air Sea Rescue crews. Anthony Steel plays the skipper of 2561, a M.T.B. assigned to locate and rescue a Hudson bomber that has crash landed in the north sea. On board the plane along with the rest of the crew, is a V.I.P. with vital German rocket secrets. The film then follows two strands, one showing the air crew ( including a young Dirk Bogarde) slowly freezing on the escape dingy, and the M.T.B. crew fighting bad weather, engine failure, and in one incredible scene, a new crew member sets fire to the galley. The ending although predictable ,is nevertheless gripping, and the film will rank along ,with the best of the war movies made in the 50's.


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