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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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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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Abandon Ship  »

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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 »

Goofs

It was previously said: "When Holmes climbs aboard the lifeboat, he is wearing only his jockey shorts and his t-shirt (...). In later scenes, his pants are miraculously back on him." However, when the captain dies Holmes orders his clothes to be taken off his body before he is cast adrift. Holmes is plainly wearing the captain's jacket and cap after that point and, it's reasonable to assume, his trousers. See more »

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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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Remade as The Last Survivors (1975) See more »

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User Reviews

 
A movie that makes you search your soul...
28 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was my first viewing of the film and in my humble opinion Ty Power was terrific as a dramatic actor. It really opened my eyes to his capabilities. He had what it takes to project the reality across to us, the viewers. Although I wouldn't want to be in his situation, of deciding on the fate of survivors in a lifeboat, still I felt his decisions were the best that could be done in such an extreme and dire situation. I'm sure no one would want to be in his shoes at that time.

Each actor contributed in their minor roles, - nice to see Stephen Boyd in an earlier role - Lloyd Nolan seen rather briefly, and Mai Zetterling as the nurse who was supportive throughout.

Who can say what each and everyone would be willing to decide on if confronted with the inevitable decision of life and death, or basic survival as in this case. It's certainly something to think about in quiet moments.

I found this film riveting throughout as the dialogue progressed and decisions were made, rightly or wrongly, on people's lives.

It's a remarkably realistic revelation of human nature at its best and worse. A "must see" for those interested in drama, and particularly in Ty Power's development as a serious performer. Well recommended.


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