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The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 6 November 1959 (USA)
A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

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Gideon Patch
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John Sands
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Mr. Nyland
Emlyn Williams ...
Sir Wilfred Falcett
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The Chairman
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Petrie
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Janet Taggart
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Higgins
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Mike
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Gunderson
Terence de Marney ...
Frank
Ashley Cowan ...
Burrows
Charles Davis ...
Yules, Quartermaster on Mary Deare
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Storyline

In the English Channel John Sands, from a small rescue ship, finds the freighter Mary Deare drifting. Although there's only a little fire, the whole crew seems to have left the ship. John's already looking forward to a large salvage fee, but then he finds first officer Gerald Patch still on board. Sands can't get back to his tug boat and stays with Patch while Patch grounds the Mary Deare. Although he doesn't understand yet what happened on the Mary Deare, Sands allows Patch to persuade him not to talk about what he saw on board and to drag out the official investigation of the incident. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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From the great suspense Best Seller about the ghost ship Mary Deare! See more »


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6 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Barco sin puerto  »

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$2,596,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The task of bringing this novel to the screen was originally assigned to writer Ernest Lehman and director Alfred Hitchcock. Lehman eventually went to Hitchcock and told him that he couldn't come up with anything. Hitchcock told him not to worry about it, that they'd do something else. Lehman said, "But what about MGM?" Hitchcock replied "We won't tell them." That "something else" that they came up with was North by Northwest (1959). See more »

Goofs

Patch and Sands enter the sunken portion of the Mary Deare using SCUBA equipment and are followed by Higgins and crew members by observing their underwater lights. Close-ups show large amounts of bubbles from the SCUBA in the underwater shot but no bubbles seen by Higgins on the surface, which would have made their locations very obvious. See more »

Quotes

Gideon Patch: You listen! I didn't ask you to come on board, and I'm in command here! Now, if you don't like it, you can go over the side and swim!
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Just seeing these two legends together on screen makes this movie worth a look
23 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone connected to the sea or anyone who just likes a good sea story is going to love this movie. This movie isn't Ben Hur or High Noon nor does it try to be, but this is still a very worthwhile movie. The opening scenes of this film set it's mysterious and eerie tempo, almost a film nourish character that carries the viewer through the movie. I particularly enjoyed the scenes depicting the ship itself and found them to be more realistic and believable and better shot than almost any other movie of the genre. I can only hope that one day this long forgotten film with be rediscovered and find a new audience in a DVD version.


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