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The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

 |  Drama, War  |  June 1955 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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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Good film but poor process work
11 December 2010 | by (london) – See all my reviews

As far as i am aware there are really only 2 British films about Air-Sea rescue ,this film and For Those In Peril.I believe that the earlier film is superior not just because it stars David Farrar who is far better than Anthony Steel,but it has a far more realistic feel.This film is hurt by its inept process work.Nearly every scene featuring Anthony Steel and most of those in the dinghy are clearly shot either on a sound stage or the studio tank and in my view this severely detracts from the realistic feel the film needs to impart.Also at the climax we have the rather strange effect of the boat being shrouded in fog and then in a blazing sun.Quite odd.We have all the usual banter of the lower ranks with some fine performances from a great cast.Incidentally Bonar Cellano who plays an airman and Michael Balfour ,an engineer,were great friends in real life.Alas they had a car crash,Balfour survived but Cellano did not/A real loss to the British cinema as he had made his home here.


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