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The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | June 1955 (USA)
In the North Sea in 1944, passengers of a downed R.A.F. transport aircraft talk about their lives while awaiting rescue in their dinghy.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Lewis Gilbert (screenplay), John Harris (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Air Commodore Waltby
Dirk Bogarde ... Flight Sgt. MacKay
Anthony Steel ... Flying Officer Treherne
Nigel Patrick ... Flight Sgt. Singsby
Bonar Colleano ... Sgt. Kirby
James Kenney ... Cpl. Skinner
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Cpl. Robb
Griffith Jones ... Group Capt. Todd
Jack Watling ... Flying Officer Harding
Guy Middleton ... Squadron Leader Scott
Ian Whittaker Ian Whittaker ... A.C.2 Milliken
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Lt Patrick Boyle, Sea Otter Pilot
George Rose ... Tebbitt
Victor Maddern ... Gus Westover
Eddie Byrne ... Petty Officer Porter
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Storyline

During autumn 1944, an R.A.F. Hudson carrying a V.I.P. passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives awaiting the rescue they hope will come. This movie's title reflects the motto of the R.A.F.'s Air Sea Rescue Service, one of whose high speed launches battles against its own mechanical problems, enemy action, time, and the weather to locate and rescue the downed crew and the vital secret papers they carry. Written by Terry60

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SURGING DRAMA! Excitement that leaps from the screen!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aporritos fakellos B-2 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Angel Productions, Apollo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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Trivia

The NFT in London planned to show this movie in the 1990s as part of a Lewis Gilbert season, but had to cancel the screening when they found out no cinema prints existed. See more »

Goofs

When Gp Capt Todd is speaking to Mrs Watley at the railway station two airmen wearing the three-bladed propellor badge of the Senior Aircraftman pass by. This rank was not introduced until 1950. See more »

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Group Capt. Todd: My name is Group Captain Todd. During the war I commanded an RAF station on the east coast of England. This is the story some of the men of an air-sea rescue unit who served under my command. They didn't fly, but went to sea in high-speed launches. Their job - to rescue their comrades from the sea.
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If I Only Had Wings
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Music by Ronnie Aldrich
Lyrics by Sid Colin
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It is good to see a film made about a forgotten branch of the services.
16 July 2001 | by MIKE-WILSON6See all my reviews

When much was made of the R.A.F.Squadrons flying countless missions against the enemy, and rightly so, it is refreshing that `The Sea Shall Not Have Them' shows the work done by the R.A.F. Air Sea Rescue crews. Anthony Steel plays the skipper of 2561, a M.T.B. assigned to locate and rescue a Hudson bomber that has crash landed in the north sea. On board the plane along with the rest of the crew, is a V.I.P. with vital German rocket secrets. The film then follows two strands, one showing the air crew ( including a young Dirk Bogarde) slowly freezing on the escape dingy, and the M.T.B. crew fighting bad weather, engine failure, and in one incredible scene, a new crew member sets fire to the galley. The ending although predictable ,is nevertheless gripping, and the film will rank along ,with the best of the war movies made in the 50's.


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