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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
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Cpl. Skinner
Sydney Tafler ...
Cpl. Robb
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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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Drama | War

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June 1955 (USA)  »

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Aporritos fakellos B-2  »

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Trivia

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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If I Only Had Wings
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Music by Ronnie Aldrich
Lyrics by Sid Colin
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Well made but a tad dull--though it ends on a high note.
24 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I watched this film from a muddy looking print currently on YouTube. I hope there are better quality copies out there.

This movie is about an air-sea rescue crew in action during WWII. A plane is shot down over the North Sea. What makes this one particularly important is that an agent on board is carrying super- important secrets about the German rocket program. Because of this, an all-out search is conducted by the Brits. The film bounces back and forth between the downed crew on a life raft as well as folks in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy as they try to locate them despite lousy weather and a HUGE search area.

This film is probably not one with wide commercial appeal. While it excels at realism, this also makes for a relatively dull film. Despite this, the film has nice production values and some very nice acting (including the likes of Dirk Bogarde and Michael Redgrave). Probably of most interest to war film buffs. Regardless, though the pacing and style is a bit dull, it does, fortunately, end with more energy and emotion.


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