7.0/10
449
15 user 2 critic

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)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Glory at Sea (1952)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1940, the captain of an old Royal Navy destroyer struggles with his crew as well as the Nazis.

Director: Compton Bennett
Stars: Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, Sonny Tufts
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Director: Dick Powell
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When Jane Hoyt's journalist husband disappears in the 1950s China she arrives in Hong Kong determined to find him but meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy
Certificate: GP Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A reluctant hero, American Lieutenant Sam Lawson, is secunded to a motley British unit tasked with destroying a Japanese radio on a Philippine island.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson, Ian Bannen
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen?

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzara
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during the Second World War.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they serve in and try to survive World War II.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II.

Directors: John Ford, Robert Montgomery
Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards
Edit

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'
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,220,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The rifles used on both side switched back and forth between the German 98 Mauser and the British Enfield depending on the scene. See more »

Goofs

When the Essen's main guns fire on Brown at the Resolution inlet, three guns per turret are visible, but when the Essen is seen sinking after the final battle with the British task force, only 2 guns per turret are visible. See more »

Connections

Version of Born for Glory (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

True Love
(uncredited)
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
" 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. ****


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed