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The Sea Chase (1955)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 4 June 1955 (USA)
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As World War II begins, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.

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Elsa Keller
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Commander Jeff Napier
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Chief Officer Kirchner
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Cadet Wesser
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Schlieter
Richard Davalos ...
Cadet Walter Stemme (as Dick Davalos)
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Chief Engineer Schmitt
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Max Heinz
Lowell Gilmore ...
Captain Evans
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Matz
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Wentz (as Alan Hale)
Wilton Graff ...
Counsel General Hepke
Peter Whitney ...
Bachman
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Winkler (as Claude Akin)
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As the Second World War breaks out, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich is about to leave Sydney, Australia with his vessel, the Ergenstrasse. Ehrlich, an anti-Nazi but proud German, hopes to outrun or out-maneuver the British warship pursuing him. Aboard his vessel is Elsa Keller, a woman Ehrlich has been ordered to return to Germany safely along with whatever secrets she carries. When Ehrlich's fiercely Nazi chief officer Kirchner commits an atrocity, the British pursuit becomes deadly. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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JOHN WAYNE - a skipper sworn never to be taken! LANA TURNER - the fuse of his floating time-bomb! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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(35 mm optical prints) (RCA Sound Recording)| (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The part of the "HMS Rockhampton" was portrayed by the real HMCS New Glascow (FFE-315), a Prestonian-class frigate. Commissioned as a River-class frigate in 1943 (as K320), she primarily performed Atlantic convoy escort duty during World War II, and was responsible for sinking a German U-boat off Northern Ireland in March, 1945. Decommissioned in November, 1945, she was subsequently upgraded to the Prestonian-class and recommissioned in 1954, serving with the Canadian Navy until 1967 when she was sold and scrapped in Japan. See more »

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When David Farrar talks about Ehrlich's course options, he says they can rule out the vast Pacific to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east. Sailing from Sydney Australia, the Pacific would be to the East and the Indian Ocean to the West. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Karl Ehrlich: Did anyone ever tell you that you're beautiful when you're angry?
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Referenced in The Streets of San Francisco: Pilot (1972) See more »

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Steh'ich in finstrer Mitternacht
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Written by Wilhelm Hauff
English Lyrics by John Farrow
Arranged by Ray Heindorf
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I won't lie for you!
22 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My John Wayne Marathon continues.

This is one of those Wayne movies that might fit in on a double bill with Chained Heat. It is not one of his better efforts, but it is still watchable.

John Wayne as a German might be a stretch, but it still features a strong woman part by Lana Turner, and a good supporting cast, including Paul Fix (Giant) as a former soldier turned cook, Lyle Bettger (The Lone Ranger) as a borderline psycho first officer, and James Arness (Gunsmoke) as a crewman frustrated to the point of near-mutiny.

It's a pretty good yarn about sailors wanting to go home.


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