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The Sea Chase (1955)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Keller
Commander Jeff Napier
Chief Officer Kirchner
Cadet Wesser
Richard Davalos ...
Cadet Walter Stemme (as Dick Davalos)
Chief Engineer Schmitt
Max Heinz
Lowell Gilmore ...
Captain Evans
Luis Van Rooten ...
Wentz (as Alan Hale)
Wilton Graff ...
Counsel General Hepke
Peter Whitney ...
Winkler (as Claude Akin)


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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Release Date:

4 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der See-Fuchs  »

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Prior to the start of filming in Hawaii, John Wayne went scuba diving and developed an ear infection. As a result, he was in severe pain for much of shooting. Many of Wayne's scenes could be shot only on his "good" side, since the infected ear was so swollen, and between takes he had to go lie down to rest from the pain. See more »


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 »


Capt. Karl Ehrlich: Did anyone ever tell you that you're beautiful when you're angry?
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Referenced in Valentine's Day (1959) See more »


Music by Jacob Gade
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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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