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Sailor of the King (1953)

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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Signalman Andrew 'Canada' Brown
... Lt. Richard Saville
... Lucinda Bentley
... Petty Officer 'Stokes' Wheatley
... Kapitan von Falk (as Peter Van Eyck)
... Signalman Willy 'Misery' Earnshaw
... Cmdr. John Willis
... Capt. Tom Ashley, HMS 'Amesbury'
Robin Bailey ... Cdr. John Stafford - HMS 'Stratford'
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Manxman
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Cleopatra
Officers and Men of H.M.S. Glasgow
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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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$1,220,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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 »

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Version of Born for Glory (1935) See more »

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God Save the King
(uncredited)
Arranged by Cyril J. Mockridge and Edward B. Powell
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" Bravery often waits within the confines of every hero "
3 July 2012 | by See 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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