A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Quebec, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.
As the Second World War breaks out, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich is about to leave Sydney, Australia with his vessel, the Ergenstrasse. Ehrlich, an anti-Nazi but proud German, hopes to outrun or out-maneuver the British warship pursuing him. Aboard his vessel is Elsa Keller, a woman Ehrlich has been ordered to return to Germany safely along with whatever secrets she carries. When Ehrlich's fiercely Nazi chief officer Kirchner commits an atrocity, the British pursuit becomes deadly.Written by
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A adventure film on the high seas from 1955 starring John Wayne & Lana Turner. WWII is about to begin & Wayne, a German national freighter captain, vows to get he & his crew back home while a British destroyer dogs him at his heels. Being probably one of the strangest roles Wayne would undertake (he also infamously played a Mongolian in another howler) as a German sympathizer (his character's name & the Nazi regime are never mentioned in the same breath) speeding home (a reason is never given) while avoiding any authorities makes this an entertaining yet puzzling pursuit film. He rules his crew w/an iron hand (mutiny is insinuated but The Duke being the captain, that reality never comes to pass) & does everything within his power to keep his ship going (when the coal runs out, the wood from the life boats soon become fodder for the engine) no matter the cost. Shot well & having a sizeable amount of urgency, this movie's stakes become tantamount even though the rationale behind it is murky at best. Co-starring Tab Hunter, Claude Akins, James Arness (from TV's Gunsmoke), Alan Hale & John Qualen (he co-starred a few times w/Wayne) as members of his intrepid crew.
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