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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 RAF 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 of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP 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. The film's title reflects the motto of the RAF'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:

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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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Plucked From The Briny Deep
7 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Sea Shall Not Have Them is a gritty realistic war film from the United Kingdom about the men who serve on air sea rescue duty. No glamor here, just professional men doing a job, rescuing air crews down in the North Sea and English Channel. Good location photography on an old Royal Air Force rescue station give a ring of authenticity.

Four men are on a rubber dinghy in the North Sea after being shot down by a German fighter. Two of those men are Michael Redgrave and Dirk Bogarde. Redgrave is in fact got a briefcase with him containing plans for the V-2 rockets with which the British public shortly became acquainted with.

A rescue sea craft commanded by Anthony Steel is sent to find them and pick them up. Not so easy with a prevailing mist over the North Sea. The dinghy is also in fact drifting east towards the occupied Netherlands.

The best scenes in the film are on the dinghy. I'm reminded a bit of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat which was an ocean liner compared to what our RAF airmen are occupying. Best acting honors go to Dirk Bogarde as the Flight Sergeant who is trying to keep the famous British stiff upper lip, but is losing out fast to the numbness and cold. It's bad for all of them in the ocean, check the scene in which Bogarde's fingers are so numb, he can't even light a rescue flare.

The Sea Shall Not Have Them is one superb piece of film making and even those who don't like war pictures will like this one very much.


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