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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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The elusive Sea Captain and his blonde woman in an explosive, suspense-packed story of high daring on the high seas! 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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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: Don't confuse sincerity of purpose with success.
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The Radetsky March
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" I owe loyalty to my ship, it's crew and my conscience "
17 March 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

There are several aspect to the selection of a favorite movie star. One would like to view with interest the full potential of said actor when playing different roles in films. However, the true test of any given actor is when the actor can effectively play heroes as well as playing the heavy convincingly. It is difficult to see one of the most prominent leading actors in Hollywood, the Duke, Mr. All American in obvious bad guy roles. For the most part he always played the hero. Thus it is with amusement to see Wayne in this film, " The Sea Chase " playing Capt. Karl Ehrlich a German Officer during World War Two. Further, his ship's crew is loaded with additional actors who have a history of playing good guys siding with him. If you look closely you'll see Jeffrey Hunter, Tab Hunter, James Arness, John Qualen, Paul Fix, Alan Hale Jr., John Doucette and even Claude Akins. The story is of a German cargo vessel, which is believed interned by the British, abruptly escapes and plans on making it's way back home to Germany. With David Farrar playing Cmd. Jeff Napier, who gives reluctant chase, Lyle Bettger as Chief Officer Kirchner, Waynes' foil, and sultry Lana Turner playing Ehrlichs' former heartthrob, the movie has a great deal of potential. However, as a fan of Wayne, it's difficulty to snarl at him for being a German. In addition, him being in the close quarters of Lana Turner on board ship, one can only feel disappointment as so little happens. Still, the movie is entertaining and since Wayne remains true to his screen image, one can enjoy all the action, slight as that might be. ****


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