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The Sea Chase (1955)

 -  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 gantlet 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
Luis Van Rooten ...
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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Storyline

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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He was a skipper sworn never to be taken! She was the fuse of his floating time-bomb! See more »

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4 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le renard des océans  »

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

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

While the SS Ergenstrasse is taking on fuel at Pom Pom Galli, John Wayne and John Qualen, who plays the Chief Engineer, are speaking amidships about the voyage to Valpariso then home to Germany. From screen left you can see Allen Hale walk past then exit off screen to the right. That is the only appearance Hale makes in the entire movie wile he is credited as a crew member named Wentz in the credits. Movie buffs have speculated that one of two things happened; what ever scenes Hale appeared in ended up on the editing room floor due to time constraints and because of contractual obligations his name appears in the end credits. The other explanation, and most likely, is that Hale and Wayne butted heads personally. Hale co-stared in many Arrol Flyn films and Wayne did not want to be upstaged so Hale's role was trashed; however, the small bit with Hale strolling across the deck was included and given screen credit to satisfy contractual obligations. Unfortunately Hale and Wayne are both dead so fans will never know the rest of the story... See more »

Goofs

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: What do you suggest that I do?
Counsel General Hepke: The Rockhampton is due in Valparaiso tomorrow. There's not a chance that you can leave.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich: I'll take my chances with the British. They won't waste a warship watching this harbor for long.
Counsel General Hepke: Very well, Captain. If you insist. Seamanship is your forte. But I beg to remind you, propaganda's mine. If I assist you, you must help me.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich: I won't lie for you.
Counsel General Hepke: Of course not! I wouldn't think of asking you to lie. You haven't had the necessary diplomatic training.
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The Radetsky March
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Music by Johann Strauß Sr.
Arranged by Roy Webb
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Another lesson for clever-clever directors
11 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After wading through our modern crop of difficult, complicated productions it was refreshing to watch this little number. Not unlike diving into that Pacific ocean.

It's not ground breaking. It's not even a work of genius. But isn't that the point and the purpose of a film ? A lesson that many directors seem to have forgotten these days with films that always have to try and out do one another. Be "clever clever", or make some drawn out post modern social commentary. I don't know about you, but I go to see a film to have a break from those things. To relax.

The scene where Wayne and Turner talk in a clearing is natural. I could have stumbled in on their conversation out of the trees. There seems to be no effort in what they do. Who's paying these people !? I want to see sweat and tears ! Oh wait, they're acting.

The story is obscure in an attractive sort of way .. not unlike another Wayne film "Blood Alley", but is told in that easy way that seems to come to matinees. Dropping off the screen like some dog eared work of fiction that you read on holiday.


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