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>
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 »
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 »
I have to ask you to trust me just for a few days until the inquiry.
Give me one reason. Why should I, Captain?
You've trusted me already. When you were dangling on the end of a rope over the side of the Mary Deare, you trusted me!
I haven't forgotten.
Well, now I'm on the end of a rope. You can haul me in or let me drown!
[after a long silence]
Do I have to beg, Mr. Sands?
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This is a great film Classic because of the great contributions that Gary Cooper gave to Hollywood on the silver screen and all his fans from the past and present. Charlton Heston, (John Sands), "Gideon",'99, gave a great supporting role as a salvage specialist who had great interests in the Mary Deare. However, Gary Cooper, (Gideon Patch), "The Naked Edge",'61, was the Captain in charge and had other ideas what he was going to do with his ship and a deep dark secret that was laying at the bottom of the ship. There is a great mystery looking at the foggy scenes of a ship fighting against the horrible waves of a rough ocean, with no course in sight. Virginia McKenna, (Janet Taggart), "Born Free",'66, was the daughter of the former Captain of the Mary Deare and had a very important letter from her dad that could possibly help Gideon Patch. This is by no means a typical sea story, there is plenty of meaning and depth to this entire picture. Enjoy good Acting from beginning to the very end.
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