IMDb > PT Raiders (1955)
The Ship That Died of Shame
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

PT Raiders (1955) More at IMDbPro »The Ship That Died of Shame (original title)

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.8/10   247 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Nicholas Monsarrat (novel)
John Whiting (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for PT Raiders on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
30 January 1956 (Sweden) See more »
Adventure on the high seas! See more »
A trio of ex-servicemen begin smuggling innocuous black market items into post-war Britain but through greed they graduate to more sinister cargo. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
(2 articles)
Christopher Barry obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 17 February 2014, 6:00 AM, PST)

Christopher Barry obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 17 February 2014, 6:00 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Well worth watching See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Richard Attenborough ... George Hoskins

George Baker ... Bill Randall
Bill Owen ... Birdie

Virginia McKenna ... Helen Randall
Roland Culver ... Maj. Fordyce

Bernard Lee ... The Customs Officer
Ralph Truman ... Sir Richard
John Chandos ... Raines
Harold Goodwin ... Second Customs Officer

John Longden ... The Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfie Bass ... Sailor on 1087 (uncredited)
John Boxer ... Customs Man (uncredited)
Stratford Johns ... Garage Worker (uncredited)
David Langton ... Man in Coastal Forces Club Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Dearden 
Writing credits
Nicholas Monsarrat (novel)

John Whiting (screenplay) &
Michael Relph (screenplay) &
Basil Dearden (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Relph .... producer
Basil Dearden .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
Cinematography by
Gordon Dines (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Bezencenet 
Art Direction by
Bernard Robinson 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hal Mason .... production supervisor
David Peers .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Barry .... assistant director (as Chris Barry)
John Assig .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Julian Mackintosh .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Butcher .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bert Davey .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Jack Shampan .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Arthur Bradburn .... sound recordist
Stephen Dalby .... sound supervisor
Gordon Stone .... sound editor
Robert R. Healy .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Peter Lacey .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Alastair McIntyre .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Ray Palmer .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
W. Robson .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ivor Selwyn .... assistant dubbing editor (uncredited)
Lionel Selwyn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Eric Stockl .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Don Wortham .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Geoffrey Dickinson .... special processes
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Brian Elvin .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Eddie Orton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Joe Pearce .... still photographer (uncredited)
Herbert Smith .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ken Westbury .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Mendleson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
John Jympson .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
John Victor-Smith .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Dock Mathieson .... conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music player (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Other crew
R.S. Abram .... location liaison officer (as Cmdr. R.S. Abram D.S.C. RN [Retd])
Jean Graham .... continuity
K. Perry .... technical adviser (as Lt. [E] K. Perry R.N. [Retd])
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Admiralty, The  the producers acknowledge with gratitude the co-operation of

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Ship That Died of Shame" - UK (original title)
See more »
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

First film of David Langton.See more »
Continuity: When Raines comes out of the abandoned WW2 bunker, the left lens of his glasses appears to have a scratch. In subsequent shots, the scratch is gone.See more »
Bill Randall (skipper of 1087:You'll never get away with this!
George Hoskins:Let's try, shall we?
See more »
Every Inch a SailorSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Well worth watching, 24 January 2013
Author: robertasmith from london, england

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (6 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for PT Raiders (1955)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Helen Randall - possible spoilers Zephaniah
Questions raised by a possibly inattentive reviewer Charlot47
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Contraband Brandy for the Parson Atonement The Reader Morituri
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.