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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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Cast

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'
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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

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

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

Although the movie is set in World War Two, the basic situation on which the story is loosely based is that of the World War One naval battles of Coronel in the South Pacific and the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, both of which took place in 1914. As in the film, a British cruiser force was defeated in the first battle by a superior German force and then Royal Navy reinforcements sent from England allowed the British to triumph in the second encounter. See more »

Goofs

The action is meant to take place on a volcanic atoll in the Pacific. When they sail out for the final battle the cliffs in the background are sedimentary chalk cliffs. See more »

Connections

Version of Born for Glory (1935) See more »

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It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
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Loyalty and paternity. Father and son, Mother and son symbolised by the idea of "For King and Country"
28 April 2009 | by oscar-grilloSee all my reviews

I watched this film with no previous knowledge of its content or style and I was delighted to discover that it was a curiously interesting work. Very well acted by Jeffrey Hunter. A man who was often wasted in Hollywood. Surprised me the interplay Hunter has with Bernard Lee. It is quite mature and they play very well and with great sensitivity the part of father and son figures as the only survivors of a ship sinking. This was greatly helped by a very finely crafted dialogue. Instead, Michel Rennie and Wendy Hiller are quite stilted and their characters appear to be badly drawn and unidimensional. Today I saw this film with TWO endings. After the first ending a card appears on the screen telling the audience that this is an experiment. They'll show a second, different,ending and will distribute cards in he lobby of the cinema (I saw it on TV!) for a vote of which one was the favourite. Great!


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