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Ship of Fools -- Vivien Leigh and Simone Signoret headline a stellar cast in the acclaimed drama about German exileswho are not allowed to anchor at American ports.
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Writers:
Katherine Anne Porter (novel)
Abby Mann (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1965 (Austria) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
EXPLORER, MISTRESS, VAGRANT, LOAFER, ARTIST, TRAMP ... THEY ARE ALL AT THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE! See more »
Plot:
1933: An ocean liner belonging to a second-rate German company is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A World Going to Hell in a Hack...err Steamer See more (62 total) »

Cast

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Vivien Leigh ... Mary Treadwell

Simone Signoret ... La Condesa

José Ferrer ... Siegfried Rieber (as Jose Ferrer)

Lee Marvin ... Bill Tenny

Oskar Werner ... Dr. Wilhelm Schumann

Elizabeth Ashley ... Jenny

George Segal ... David

José Greco ... Pepe (as Jose Greco)

Michael Dunn ... Karl Glocken
Charles Korvin ... Capt. Thiele

Heinz Rühmann ... Julius Lowenthal (as Heinz Ruehmann)

Lilia Skala ... Frau Hutten

BarBara Luna ... Amparo (as Barbara Luna)
Alf Kjellin ... Freytag

Christiane Schmidtmer ... Lizzi Spoekenkieker

Werner Klemperer ... Lt. Huebner

John Wengraf ... Graf
Olga Fabian ... Frau Schmitt

Gila Golan ... Elsa

Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Herr Lutz (as Oscar Beregi)

Stanley Adams ... Professor Hutten
Kaaren Verne ... Frau Lutz (as Karen Verne)
Charles De Vries ... Johann (as Charles de Vries)
Henry Calvin ... Fat Man
Peter Mamakos ... Religious Man
Paul Daniel ... Carlos
David Renard ... Woodcarver
Lydia Torea ... Pastora
Rudy Carrela ... Ric (as Rudy Carrella)
Silvia Marino ... Rac
Anthony Brand ... Guitarist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alvar ... Student (uncredited)
Antonio ... Gypsy Dancer (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Prizak (uncredited)
Vicki Cos ... Flamenco dance troupe child (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Waiter (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Steward aboard Vera (uncredited)
Charles H. Radilak ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Rosario ... Carmen - Gypsy Dancer (uncredited)

Bert Rumsey ... Second Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
 
Writing credits
Katherine Anne Porter (novel)

Abby Mann (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo 
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
 
Production Design by
Robert Clatworthy 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Ivan Volkman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Veitch .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ernest Graber .... property master
Bud Pine .... construction coordinator
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Z. Flaster .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
James Richard .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
John Burke .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Elizabeth Ashley (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Johnson .... camera operator (as Richard Johnson)
Martin Kashuk .... company grip (as Marty Kaschuk)
Seldon White .... chief electrician
James Saper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... costume supervisor
Jean Louis .... designer: Ms. Leigh's clothes
 
Music Department
Ned Washington .... lyrics
Maury Winetrobe .... music editor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Boyd Cabeen .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michelle Triola .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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149 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (2007) | UK:A (1965)

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Trivia:
The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer; and four Oscar nominees: Michael Dunn, Oskar Werner, Lilia Skala and George Segal.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Tenny and Mrs. Treadwell, seated together in the dining room, order dinner. In the next scene at the captain's table, Tenny is shown in the background looking through the menu and Mrs. Treadwell is not seated at the table.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Treadwell:Everybody on this ship is in love. Love me whether or not I love you. Love me whether I am fit to love. Love me whether I am able to love. Even is there is no such thing as love. Love me.See more »
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44 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A World Going to Hell in a Hack...err Steamer, 26 April 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

About 1490 or so a German writer named Sebastian Brandt wrote an allegorical novel about the condition of mankind and types of men in their follies called DER NARR SHIFF (I believe that is the German title) which translates to "The Ship of Fools". At that time in Europe many humanists wrote such allegories, the most famous one being Erasmus' IN PRAISE OF FOLLY. Today Erasmus is still remembered, while Brandt is studied only by students of the German language and it's literature.

The title SHIP OF FOOLS was picked up by Katherine Anne Porter, who (for most of her literary career) was an excellent short story writer. At the tail end of that career she decided to tackle the larger target of a complete, complex novel. As one can see from the comments on this thread some people think she did superbly with her story and characterizations, while others think she flubbed it. I've never read the novel, but judging from the film version (and suspecting it is a watered down treatment, like most novels into films) it must be an above average work.

To me this is a film that actually stands out for individual moments by the cast. Michael Dunn ferociously lecturing Heinz Ruhlmann about the extreme anti-Semitism of the other passengers (not only the irritating neo-Nazi Jose Ferrer, but most of the other passengers) that has caused them (Dunn and Ruhlmann) to be banished to an isolated table for their meals. Ruhlmann, a kindly, nice man (who manages to make Ferrer's bigotry seem funny and stupid at one point) responds, "There are one million Jews in Germany. Are they going to kill us all?" The dialog is fairly sharp in these vignettes. Werner Klemperer, as a ship's officer, responding from signals from Vivien Leigh for some type of shipboard sexual encounter, discovering that Leigh is simply using him for a matter of trivial amusement. He tells her off in a fine little speech, which may have been the best delivered dialog of his career on film (and is years away from his Col. Wilhelm Klinck on HOGAN'S HEROES). Ferrer is half gregarious and half a bigoted swine, and totally untrustworthy. In the coming war unlike Herr Schindler, if Ferrer made a list it would be to turn Jews over to the authorities so he could get their possessions. His comment about how he is not anti-Semitic, he adores Arab people is almost as good as his spirited moment of pure entertainment when he sings a comic German song for the passengers. Even the minor actors on the screen have good moments. Witness the now forgotten Henry Calvin (a few years earlier he had been one of the "Laurel & Hardy" imitations in Walt Disney's BABES IN TOYLAND). Here he is one of the Cuban peasants transported by the ship to pre-Civil War Spain. His moment is when he tells off the racist Captain and his officers who have looked down on these steerage passengers, referring to the Captain as a pig. One can keep going on, especially with the sympathetic Oscar Werner and Simone Signoret, and with Dunn again, the only one of the passengers and crew who is intelligent.

For the point of the story is that this world of the 1930s is headed (as the reader knows) for disaster that will engulf everyone. The café society will not survive it. The Cuban immigrants will soon be killed by Republican or Fascists in Spain. The Captain and his crew will be drafted into Hitler's navy, and probably die in the Bismarck or some other ship. Marvin will be drafted, and even if he should survive the war he will find the segregation of his United States slowly eroded in the decades following the war. Ferrer will probably be starving in the ruins of Dresden or Berlin (if he is not killed in a bombing), wondering what happened to that prosperity the Nazis promised in a world without Jews. Every character in the story is facing the conclusion of the standards that gave them some degree of stability - some like Vivien Leigh and Simone Signoret are already going to pieces. In some ways, at the end, Werner and Dunn may be the only lucky ones. Werner is lucky because he will die before the war comes. Dunn...well since he is the clearest in terms of reality of all the characters, he will probably leave Europe before 1939, settle in the U.S. sitting out the war there, and only return afterwards to gaze at the ruins the others wrought.

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