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Sailor of the King (1953)

Single-Handed (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 11 June 1953 (UK)
In 1940, Canadian sailor Andrew Brown is prisoner on a battle damaged German raider and he plans to delay the raider's at-sea repairs until a British naval task-force can destroy it.

Director:

Roy Boulting

Writers:

C.S. Forester (novel), Valentine Davies (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Signalman Andrew 'Canada' Brown
Michael Rennie ... Lt. Richard Saville
Wendy Hiller ... Lucinda Bentley
Bernard Lee ... Petty Officer 'Stokes' Wheatley
Peter van Eyck ... Kapitan von Falk (as Peter Van Eyck)
Victor Maddern ... Signalman Willy 'Misery' Earnshaw
John Horsley ... Cmdr. John Willis
Patrick Barr ... Capt. Tom Ashley, HMS 'Amesbury'
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Cdr. John Stafford - HMS 'Stratford'
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Manxman Officers and Men of H.M.S. Manxman
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Cleopatra Officers and Men of H.M.S. Cleopatra
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Glasgow Officers and Men of H.M.S. Glasgow
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Storyline

The HMS Aylesbury is sunk by the the German raider Essen. Only two men survive and are rescued by the damaged German ship. When the Germans make for an isolated harbour to repair the damage the suffered during the fight one of the men decides he must do all he can to delay the repairs and give the Royal Navy time to locate and destroy the ship. Written by Jason

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The greatest story of the sea by today's greatest storyteller !

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 June 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

C.S. Forester's Sailor of the King See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Budget:

$1,220,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The plot of the film is taken from C. S. Foresters 1929 book "Brown on Resolution". See more »

Goofs

While Brown is firing on the ship, his rifle keeps changing from a German Mauser 98 to a British Enfield. This becomes apparent in the close up views where the rear bridge peep sight is visible. The Mauser rear sight is on the barrel. See more »

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" Bravery often waits within the confines of every hero "
3 July 2012 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

I have always admired the work of C.S. Forester. Some of his most enduring books are about English Captain Horatio Hornblower who served during the French Napoleonic and revolutionary War. In this movie called "Sailor of the King" my favorite actor Jeffrey Hunter plays Signalman Andrew Brown who is aboard H.M.Ship Ansley when it is sunk by a German Crusier. Another favorite actor Michael Rennie who is well remembered as Klatuu from 'The Day the Earth stood still' plays Capt. Richard Saville who longs to do battle with the German navy. In Forester's original work, he had Brown as Saville's son even though neither know of the other. In the movie it is only hinted that both men are related even when both are brought before the King to be decorated and knighted. The movie itself is well directed by Roy Boulting and if you look closely, you'll see Bernard Lee who later became James Bonds' boss at MI6. This is a fine movie and one which is listed as a early Classic in the annals of Military movies. Easily recommended for all. ****


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