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Return from the Sea (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1954 (USA)
A hardened career navel officer must come to terms with adapting to civilian life with the help of a waitress that can see through his tough veneer.


Lesley Selander


Jacland Marmur (newspaper story "No Home of His Own"), George Waggner




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Sterling ... Frieda
Neville Brand ... CPO Chuck 'Soup Bowl' MacLish
John Doucette ... Jimmy
Paul Langton ... Lt. Cmdr. Frank Manley
John Pickard ... Spike
Don Haggerty ... Tompkins
Alvy Moore ... Smitty
Robert Arthur ... Porter
Lloyd Corrigan ... Pinky
Lee Roberts ... Doctor
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Clarke
Robert Patten ... Welch
James Best ... Barr
John Tarangelo John Tarangelo ... Doyle
Bill Gentry Bill Gentry ... Harris


A hardened career navel officer must come to terms with adapting to civilian life with the help of a waitress that can see through his tough veneer.

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The Fleet's In...and All Hands Ready For Action!


Drama | Romance


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The U.S. Navy destroyer shown throughout the film is the U.S.S. Maddox (DD-731). It was commissioned in 1944, saw service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War - most notably in the latter during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. She was decommissioned in 1969, sold to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1972 and finally scrapped in 1985. See more »

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Not bad!
6 April 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

This film is typical of Hollywood low budget films which were made during those halcyon days of the cold war after the Korean war and before we all got embittered by Viet Nam. This is a typical "B" grade, feel-good flick about a chief (Neville Brand) in the Navy who drinks coffee out of a soup bowl and is rough, tough but lovable, lonely and sensitive. He meets the hardened but having heart of gold waitress (Jan Sterling) who sees through the protective veneer of the chief and after a trials and tribs, they retire to an apple farm in Southern California. As a former Naval officer who was active during that time, the Navy scenes, particularly a landing operation carried out from a destroyer, are quite unreal, but this is not a war movie. The theme is peace time and reconciling the lovers with good vibes shared all around. It's not a mind bender-- wasn't meant to be. But, in the context of the time, it was nice to see Jan Sterling and Neville Brand, two very competent character actors, sharing a chance to work and make us feel good. No video listed, so catch it on the late show.

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Release Date:

28 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ataque en los mares chinos See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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