Abandon Ship (1957)
"Seven Waves Away" (original title)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nurse Julie White
Frank Kelly
Will McKinley
Edith Middleton
James Hayter ...
'Cookie' Morrow
Marie Lohr ...
Dorothy Knudson
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


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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Release Date:

28 May 1957 (Portugal)  »

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Abandon Ship  »

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(Encore-Action Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film has similarities to the real-life sinking of the American ship 'William Brown' in 1841. See more »


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


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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Engrossing until the end
2 October 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power forsakes his "handsome man" image to star in this film, skillfully made (on a limited budget, I'm sure). The b&w photography is among the best I've ever seen. Supporting characters are slightly over-the-top, but solidly entertaining. The one drawback is when the drama shifts abruptly into documentary-style at the very end. So two points off for the sudden and unwarranted mood change. Could easily have had a sequel -- glad it didn't. An 8!

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