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Eric Ambler (screenplay)
Hammond Innes (novel)
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Release Date:
6 November 1959 (USA) See more »
From the great suspense Best Seller about the ghost ship Mary Deare! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A satisfyingly old-fashioned nautical mystery See more (27 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Gideon Patch

Charlton Heston ... John Sands

Michael Redgrave ... Mr. Nyland
Emlyn Williams ... Sir Wilfred Falcett
Cecil Parker ... The Chairman

Alexander Knox ... Petrie

Virginia McKenna ... Janet Taggart

Richard Harris ... Higgins
Ben Wright ... Mike
Peter Illing ... Gunderson
Terence de Marney ... Frank
Ashley Cowan ... Burrows
Charles Davis ... Yules, Quartermaster on Mary Deare
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Archdale ... Lloyd's Counsel (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Port Official (uncredited)
Albert Carrier ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Lilyan Chauvin ... Nun (uncredited)
John Dearth ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Dee ... French Captain (uncredited)

Jean Del Val ... Javot (uncredited)
Noel Drayton ... Charlie Bell (uncredited)
Charles Lamb ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

John Le Mesurier ... M.O.A. Lawyer (uncredited)
Linda Lewis ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Commander of Police (uncredited)
Kalu K. Sonkur ... Lascar (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Anderson 
Writing credits
Eric Ambler (screenplay)

Hammond Innes (novel)

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
George Duning 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Paul Groesse 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold E. Wellman .... additional photographer
Freddie Young .... additional photographer (as F.A. Young)
Geoff Glover .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Charles E. Dolan .... craft service (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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105 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19326) | West Germany:12

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Almost all the studio work for the film was done in Hollywood, with California-based Britishers playing supporting parts. However, the lengthy scene of the inquiry was filmed in the UK, following a small amount of British location work. London-based actors and a British crew were employed for these scenes.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A satisfyingly old-fashioned nautical mystery, 17 July 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

The Wreck of the Mary Deare occupies an obscure place in film trivia – it was while supposedly struggling over an adaptation of this Hammond Innes yarn that Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehmann got so bored that they cooked up a spy story with cropdusters and Mount Rushmore instead. In the end the task fell to director Michael Anderson and writer Eric Ambler, and a pretty good job they did of it too. Gary Cooper's awkwardness is put to good use as the skipper of the abandoned cargo ship with too many secrets and a dead body under the coal stack in the boiler room while Charlton Heston's unyielding mixture of moody self-righteousness and callous selfishness as the salvage man who becomes his unlikely ally creates a few sparks. The solution to the mystery isn't that big a surprise, but it's a well-crafted affair, especially if you like storm sequences and good old-fashioned CinemaScope.

Although not as good as the MGM/UA laserdisc release, Warner's Region 1 DVD boasts a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, though the absence of extras is annoying - especially since the interesting trailer, with specially filmed sequences with the leading players, can be found on Warners' Sergeant York disc.

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