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The Sea Chase (1955)

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

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Action | Drama | War

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4 June 1955 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in The Streets of San Francisco: Pilot (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Steh'ich in finstrer Mitternacht
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Written by Wilhelm Hauff
English Lyrics by John Farrow
Arranged by Ray Heindorf
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John Wayne & Lana Turner Were a Good Pair
18 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is quite obvious that this film is Fiction and the plot of the story or the actual directional course this ship is sailing is in correct. Hollywood wanted the public to view John Wayne and Lana Turner together on a cargo ship with only men and no women aboard. John Wayne (Capt. Karl Ehrlich),"Sands of Iwo Jima",'49, was a great Captain who really did not want a women on board his vessel. However, he had no choice but to take Lana Turner, (Elsa Keller),"The Postman Always Rings Twice",'46 along for the very uncomfortable cruise. Tab Hunter(Cadet Wesser), "Damn Yankees",'58, played a very young pretty boy who ran into some serious problems in the water and on the ship. There was lots of chopping of wood and James Arness,(Schlieter),"Gunsmoke",TV Series, gave a great supporting role as a sailor who did not necessarily get along with Capt. Ehrlich. If you love John Wayne and Lana Turner all very young looking, you just might enjoy this rather long drawn out cruise.


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