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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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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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warship | captain | ship | pursuit | explosion | See more »

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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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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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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: 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 »

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Jalousie
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Music by Jacob Gade
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I recommend those who are interested in naval warfare to see this film.
10 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is purely for entertainment and not of any historical background. Still, navy/sea warfare buffs will enjoy the story of the pursuit by a British destroyer of a German merchant ship across several oceans. The cast is so-so but with the "Duke" (John Wayne) in the lead role the story manages to limp along with some degree of success. The "destroyer" used in the film is in fact HMCS New Glasgow, a frigate then in service with the Royal Canadian Navy. I saw the movie shortly after it's release in 1955 while in my mid-teens; a number of years later I served on New Glasgow and recalled the part played by the ship and crew in the film. Shows how Hollywood will use any "prop" available to fill in scenes. The crew never did get any extra pay for their appearance (nor did the ship)but at least they have the satisfaction of knowing the true identity of the "destroyer." Despite all the above the film is good viewing and will be of interest to many.


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