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Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)

The Battle of the River Plate (original title)
A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter
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Commodore Harwood-H.M.S. Ajax
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Captain Hans Langsdorff - 'Admiral Graf Spee'
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Captain Woodhouse - H.M.S. Ajax
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Captain Parry - H.M.N.Z.S. Achilles
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Captain Dove - M.S. Africa Shell
Lionel Murton ...
Mike Fowler
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Mr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevideo
Peter Illing ...
Dr. Guani - Foreign Minister, Uruguay
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Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache, Buenos Aires
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Lieutenant Commander Medley R.N.
John Chandos ...
Dr. Langmann - German Minister, Montevideo
Douglas Wilmer ...
M. Desmoulins - French Minister, Montevideo
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Ray Martin
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Captain Varela - Uruguayan Navy
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Storyline

In the fall of 1939, the German heavy cruiser (referred to as a pocket battleship) Graf Spee seems to have command of the Atlantic. In the first three months of World War II, she was responsible for sinking 9 ships. The British sent three cruisers commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood to confront her. The battle took place on December 13, 1939 and the British came out on top. The Graf Spee headed for the neutral harbor of Montevideo, Uruguay. They were given only a short time to effect repairs and the British did their best to make them believe a British fleet of 6 or 8 ships awaited them. Rather than chance the loss of his men, the German captain ordered the Graf Spee scuttled. Written by garykmcd

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Suspense Clutches Your Heart in This Spectacular Saga of the Sea! See more »


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There was strong speculation than German Capt. Hans Langsdorff committed suicide rather than face the humiliation of losing his ship. There was even more speculation that he did it because he feared what Adolf Hitler would do to him if he returned to Germany. At the time the Graf Spee was the pride of the German Navy, and scuttling her would have been regarded as treason. See more »

Goofs

When Graf Speed refuels from Altmark, Bernard Lee's character goes on deck to observe. He is no longer on board the ship playing Graf Speed (USS Salem). The secondary and anti aircraft armament is now of an Allied Light Cruiser (2 pdr pom Poms and twin 4 inch DP mounts). See more »

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Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter: Can reach Plymouth if ordered...
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H.M.S. Sheffield as H.M.S. Ajax See more »

Connections

Featured in The Story of Making the Film They're a Weird Mob (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Cabalgata de los Gauchos
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Music by Brian Easdale
Lyrics by Manuel Salina
Performed by April Olrich (dubbed by Muriel Smith)
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Rousing well made movie, using some of the original ships.
30 September 1999 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Fine, entertaining movie of the famous sea battle between 3 smaller British warships versus the great German Pocket Battleship "Graf Spee". Tremendous sea scenes , aided by the fact that most of the original ships which fought the actual battle are used in the movie. Well acted all-round with Peter Finch doing a fine job as Captain Langsdorf.


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