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
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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 »
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 »
John Wayne stars as a German skipper of an old steamer making his way back to the fatherland pursued by the British fleet. Lana Turner being the love interest,and looking like she stepped out of a night-club just a few hours before the shoot.She's gorgeous and what make-up she wears.Even through hell and high water she looks sexy and beautiful.But sadly there is no sparks flying between Wayne and Turner in the romance department.It feels superfluous to the whole storyline.Then we've got David Farrar playing a British sea officer as British as they come.He's also the narrator.In the supporting cast you will recognize some old Wayne compadres in John Qualen,James Arness and Paul Fix. A waste of time for everybody who don't like John Wayne.I happen to like him.
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