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Abandon Ship (1957)
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Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.

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Nurse Julie White
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Frank Kelly
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Will McKinley
Moira Lister ...
Edith Middleton
James Hayter ...
'Cookie' Morrow
Marie Lohr ...
Dorothy Knudson
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Mr. Wheaton
John Stratton ...
Jimmy 'Sparks' Clary
Victor Maddern ...
Willy Hawkins
Eddie Byrne ...
Michael Faroni
Noel Willman ...
Aubrey Clark
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Daniel Cane
Robert Harris ...
Arthur J. Middleton
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John Merritt
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Storyline

After their luxury liner is sunk, a group of over twenty survivors take refuge in a life boat made for only nine. Included in the group are an old opera singer, a nuclear physicist, his wife and child, a General, a play-write and his dog, a college professor, a gambler and his mistress, the ship's nurse, and several members of the crew, including the Captain and executive officer. Soon, the captain dies from his injuries. The executive officer must take charge, and as a hurricane approaches, and their food and water run out, he must decide who to put over the side, and who stays and gets a chance at survival. Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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14 of these survivors must be cast adrift! Which will the Captain choose?


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28 May 1957 (Portugal)  »

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(Encore-Action Library Print)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film has similarities to the real-life sinking of the American ship 'William Brown' in 1841. See more »

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The boat used in long shots and the one in close-ups are obviously different. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: [closing lines] The story which you have just seen is a true one. In real life Captain Alexander Holmes was brought to trial on a charge of murder. He was convicted and given the minimum sentence of six months because of the unusual circumstances surrounding the incident. If you had been a member of the jury, how would you have voted: guilty or innocent?
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Very good
1 September 2004 | by (East Coast, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I liked this much in the way of Hitchcock's better known Lifeboat. Great character study of Tyrone Power in one of his last roles. Movie was shot in a large tank it seems as echos are heard. The only problem I have and I don't know if it's a goof or continuity problem is the fate of the first three characters and the dog on the floating wooden raft at the beginning of the movie. After Alec Holmes(Power)leaves them what happens to them? Otherwise a good flick. I like to point out that three Upstairs Downstairs alumni appear in this movie: Gordon Jackson, David Langton & Clive Morton. Power is great in a character twisting role as the first understanding acting captain and then as the more manaical Ahab like character who sacrifices peoples lives.


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