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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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Complete credited cast:
George Hoskins
Bill Randall
Bill Owen ...
Helen Randall
Roland Culver ...
Maj. Fordyce
The Customs Officer
Ralph Truman ...
Sir Richard
John Chandos ...
Harold Goodwin ...
Second Customs Officer
The Detective


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 <>

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Release Date:

30 January 1956 (Sweden)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


First film of David Langton. See more »


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 »


Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: You'll never get away with this!
George Hoskins: Let's try, shall we?
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Every Inch a Sailor
Written by Jack Fishman
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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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