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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Air Commodore Waltby
... Flight Sgt. MacKay
... Flying Officer Treherne
... Flight Sgt. Singsby
Bonar Colleano ... Sgt. Kirby
... Cpl. Skinner
Sydney Tafler ... Cpl. Robb
... Group Capt. Todd
Jack Watling ... Flying Officer Harding
... Squadron Leader Scott
Ian Whittaker ... A.C.2 Milliken
Paul Carpenter ... Lt Patrick Boyle, Sea Otter Pilot
George Rose ... Tebbitt
... Gus Westover
... Petty Officer Porter
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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!

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Drama | War

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June 1955 (USA)  »

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Aporritos fakellos B-2  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.65 : 1
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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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Other than the last ten minutes, this was rather dull.
24 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was quite interesting before watching this film since it involved a very important part of the war effort that was responsible for rescue of downed planes and sunken ships. But had it not been for the ending, not much really happened in this 92 minute film. It had all the wrappings of a mid 1950 movie but failed to include enough action to make the viewer enjoy the adventure.

The movie centered around a plane that had been shot down with the crew having to abandon the plane and get into a rubber raft. And with little time to send a signal, all the authorities know is a wide area where the plane was possibly located. Now a small rescue ship is on the way to see if they can spot possible survivors of a mission that was considered value to the war effort. Even though the concept was interesting, the script for the most part was uneventful.

There is not much excitement about a rescue boat that breaks down in the middle of the ocean and accomplishes nothing while they wait for the boat to be repaired. While in the meantime, the camera keeps returning to the British Naval offices where a woman is pining when no word is heard about the whereabouts of the plane's crew where she has a loved one aboard. Then back to the raft where cold and mental anguish is affecting everyone.

The final scenes do bring some adventure and suspense but it was almost too little too late. Not really a bad film but one that would have been much better with something other than dialog over three quarters of the movie.


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