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The Sea Chase -- 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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4 June 1955 (USA) See more »
The elusive Sea Captain and his blonde woman in an explosive, suspense-packed story of high daring on the high seas! See more »
As World War II begins, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (Cast overview, first billed only)

John Wayne ... Captain Karl Ehrlich

Lana Turner ... Elsa Keller

David Farrar ... Commander Jeff Napier

Lyle Bettger ... Chief Officer Kirchner

Tab Hunter ... Cadet Wesser

James Arness ... Schlieter

Richard Davalos ... Cadet Walter Stemme (as Dick Davalos)

John Qualen ... Chief Engineer Schmitt

Paul Fix ... Max Heinz

Lowell Gilmore ... Captain Evans
Luis Van Rooten ... Matz

Alan Hale Jr. ... Wentz (as Alan Hale)

Wilton Graff ... Counsel General Hepke

Peter Whitney ... Bachman

Claude Akins ... Winkler (as Claude Akin)
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117 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
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Mono (35 mm optical prints) (RCA Sound Recording) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Italy:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1995) (1996) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17276) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Claude Akins is incorrectly listed in the opening credits as "Claude Akin".See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Capt. Karl Ehrlich:We'll burn this ship in her own fires!See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A good cast somewhat wasted in a suspense-free adventure tale, 25 June 2016
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

I thought it was refreshing to see a WW2 film where the German characters are the protagonists for a change, even though I ended up supporting the British side. But THE SEA CHASE commits a case of epic miscasting in putting John Wayne in the role of the German captain. You know, John Wayne, the all-American western actor. You can't get much MORE American, so he never convinces as a German for a second.

Aside from the miscasting, THE SEA CHASE tells an interesting, sea-bound tale that occasionally reminded me of the Jack Higgins novel STORM WARNING, albeit with less tension. And that's the problem with this lengthy film: there's no suspense, even though there are some good set-pieces including the occasional shock here and there. The story just sort of plods along while the Lana Turner characters adds extra cliché and slows things down even more.

There's never a sense of pursuit or real menace here, or even survival against the odds. Instead the writers go through the motions, putting all of that effort into setting the scene and location and then not doing much with it. The ensemble cast members are fine but nothing much really happens and I was twiddling my thumbs at times. And the end looks like they ran out of money, it's so cheaply achieved.

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