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PT Raiders (1955)
"The Ship That Died of Shame" (original title)

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A trio of ex-servicemen begin smuggling innocuous black market items into post-war Britain but through greed they graduate to more sinister cargo.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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George Hoskins
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Bill Randall
Bill Owen ...
Birdie
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Helen Randall
Roland Culver ...
Maj. Fordyce
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The Customs Officer
Ralph Truman ...
Sir Richard
John Chandos ...
Raines
Harold Goodwin ...
Second Customs Officer
John Longden ...
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After intense wartime naval experiences a trio buy their old ship but then have to use it for smuggling and worse, before finally having to come to their senses. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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From the author and producers of "The Cruel Sea", another great tale of suspense and high adventure! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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30 January 1956 (Sweden)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Three ex Navy MTB,s were used to play the part of 1087, after filming, one of them, ex Polish Navy S-10 really was used for smuggling, it eventually sank in the Mediterranean. The story is told by the Captain, Hugh Edwards in his book "Midnight Trader". See more »

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At the end, after the ship has crashed onto the rocks, the ship slides off the rocks and sinks but the front part of the hull has no damage. See more »

Quotes

George Hoskins: You said the jobs were getting worse. You're right. Last night was too much!
[he crushes the newspaper in his hands]
George Hoskins: We'll get out!
Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: Do you really believe we can get out now?... finish? Clean off the muck and forget what we've done? Do you really believe that?
George Hoskins: Why not?
Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: Because it happened! We did those things! From the smuggling of a few bottles of wine in the early days to the carrying of that raving maniac last night! We did it all, George, and we can't wipe that off the scoreboard!
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We'll Meet Again
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Written by Hugh Charles and Ross Parker
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Well worth watching
24 January 2013 | by (london,england) – See all my reviews

Despie my interest in post war films and all things Naval, I have not heard of this film. How I have missed it is beyond me.

George Baker is fantastic as the lead and Bill Owen, known to me as Compo, is a revelation. Richard Attenborough is perfect as always and the roles played by Bernard Lee and Virginia McKenna are small but superb.

I must now read the book to see how the author handled the many strands and ending, which is a little disappointing in the film. Few people in today's Britain understand the stress and strain on on those demobbed at the end of WW2 but I suspect that with growing redundancies of front line troops in Afghanistan, the stories and threads explored in this film will strike a modern chord.


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