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Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)
"The Battle of the River Plate" (original title)

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A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gregson ...
Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter
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Commodore Harwood-H.M.S. Ajax
Ian Hunter ...
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
Anthony Bushell ...
Mr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevideo
Peter Illing ...
Dr. Guani - Foreign Minister, Uruguay
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Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for 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
William Squire ...
Ray Martin
Roger Delgado ...
Captain Varela - Uruguayan Navy
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Captain Stubbs - 'Doric Star'
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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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The true and moving story of a mighty sea battle [Video Australia] See more »


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Trivia

The Admiral Graf Spee was portrayed in the film by the USS Salem, despite the latter having the wrong number of main turrets. Of course, they weren't able to scuttle the real Salem so that was the only real occasion that models were used extensively. See more »

Goofs

A symbolic scene, when a crane lowers a lifeboat with Captain Dove into an aircraft hangar of "Admiral Graf Spee", and the roof closes over it, could not happen, because such hangars were typical for US ships only, and "Graf Spee" had no aircraft hangar. See more »

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Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter: Can reach Plymouth if ordered...
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I.N.S. Delhi (formerly Achilles) as H.M.N.Z. Ship Achilles See more »

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

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Rio de la Plata
(uncredited)
Music by Brian Easdale
Lyrics by Manuel Salina
Performed by April Olrich (dubbed by Muriel Smith)
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A well done documentary of the Graf Spee
26 February 2004 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

According to historical records available, this movie held closely to the true story of the Graf Spee and the pursuit by the British Navy to catch and engage her in battle. The ship used in the movie as the Graf Spee was the USS Salem, CA139, Heavy cruiser. Filming on board the US Salem was taken while she was on duty in the Mediterranean. The US Salem at the time was the US Navy's Flag Ship, 6th fleet. Some of the Salem's crew participated as German sailors. I rate the movie as a first-class documentary. Other documentary movies in this class include: The sinking of the Bismarck. Dos-Boot


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