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The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

 |  Drama, War  |  June 1955 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Air Commodore Waltby
Flight Sgt. MacKay
Anthony Steel ...
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 ...
Victor Maddern ...
Gus Westover
Eddie Byrne ...
Petty Officer Porter


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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Release Date:

June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aporritos fakellos B-2  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
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A long title, for a lloonngg movie...
8 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Very much a product of it's time, this is your typical post-war British flick about our brave soldiers espousing the belief that 'no man gets left behind'. A plane full of men gets shot down over the ocean, while carrying some highly classified documents in a briefcase. Stuck in an inflatable dinghy in enemy territory, they cling on in desperation... Knowing that if starvation and thirst don't kill them, the approaching 'Jerrys' and a nearby minefield just might do the job...

Meanwhile, a base tries to organise a rescue attempt, as one of the missing soldier's girlfriend frets, and an overzealous corporal is more interested in nailing one of the evacuees for the supposed theft of army property, than ensuing his safe return. It all takes place in a British society still ridden with class differences, where "steady on, old chap" was a common phrase, and foreigners where generally depicted as being slightly odd.

All stirring stuff, but despite the odd moment of levity involving an inept crew member, and a few anecdotes about another who seems obsessed with his wife, hearing these underwritten characters prattle on for an hour and half does have the tendency to wear on the nerves. Nothing much of note happens until the final gun battle... Until then, it struggles to hold your attention...

What was it called again? 5/10

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