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 <>

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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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Release Date:

4 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der See-Fuchs  »

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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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Did You Know?


Director John Farrow and star Lana Turner did not get along well during production. She felt Farrow gave her no direction at all and that he was unpleasant with her and her co-stars. See more »


The Ergenstrasse's pistols are Walther P-38s, which had only been adopted for military use the year before. It is unlikely that such weapons would be found on an old tramp steamer. 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 »


The Radetsky March
Music by Johann Strauss Sr.
Arranged by Roy Webb
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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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