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As World War II begins, German freighter Captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.

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Capt. Karl Ehrlich
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Elsa Keller
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Cmdr. Jeff Napier
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Chief Officer Kirchner
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Cadet Wesser
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Schlieter
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Cadet Walter Stemme (as Dick Davalos)
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Chief Engineer Schmitt
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Max Heinz
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Capt. Evans
Luis Van Rooten ...
Matz
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Wentz (as Alan Hale)
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Consul General Hepke
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Bachman
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Winkler (as Claude Akin)
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Bos'n
Alan Lee ...
Brounck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ...
News Photographer (uncredited)
Victor Bartell ...
News Photographer (uncredited)
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Beautician (uncredited)
Richard Bender ...
Dining Room Patron (uncredited)
Kenneth Brischof ...
British Sailor (uncredited)
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Seaman (uncredited)
Loren Brown ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Edward Coch ...
Chilean Reporter (uncredited)
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Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Roger Creed ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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French Governor (uncredited)
Gloria Dea ...
Señorita (uncredited)
Pilar Del Rey ...
Beautician (uncredited)
John Dodsworth ...
British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
Isabelle Dwan ...
Señorita (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ...
Dutch Reporter (uncredited)
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British Vice-Admiral (uncredited)
James Fairfax ...
Signal Yeoman (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Lee Gotch ...
Singer (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ...
Kruse (uncredited)
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Watchman (uncredited)
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Fraulein (uncredited)
John Indrisano ...
Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
Eddie Le Baron ...
News Photographer (uncredited)
Bill Lee ...
Singer (uncredited)
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Petty Officer (uncredited)
Ray Linn Jr. ...
Singer (uncredited)
Frank Losee Jr. ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Lucita ...
Señorita (uncredited)
Richard Lupino ...
British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
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Norwegian Radio Listener (uncredited)
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British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
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Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
John O'Malley ...
Hawkinson (uncredited)
Patrick O'Moore ...
British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
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Trawler Survivor (uncredited)
Josephine Parra ...
Señorita (uncredited)
Manuel París ...
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Baldhead (uncredited)
Joey Ray ...
Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
William Reeves ...
Singer (uncredited)
Gail Robinson ...
Seaman (uncredited)
John Sheffield ...
Dining Room Patron (uncredited)
Charles Shrouder ...
Singer (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe ...
Mueller (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Fisherman (uncredited)
Tony Travers ...
Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
Teresa Tudor ...
Fraulein (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ...
American Reporter (uncredited)
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Kruger - Wireless Operator (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ...
Maid (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Farrow

Written by

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James Warner Bellah ... (screenplay) and
John Twist ... (screenplay)
 
Andrew Geer ... (novel)

Produced by

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John Farrow ... producer

Music by

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Roy Webb

Cinematography by

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography (as William Clothier)

Film Editing by

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William H. Ziegler ... (as William Ziegler)
Owen Marks ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Franz Bachelin

Set Decoration by

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William Wallace

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup artist
Web Overlander ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norman Pringle ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Myrl Stoltz ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Emmett Emerson ... assistant director
Russell Llewellyn ... assistant director
Gilbert Mandelik ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Herbert Cheek ... prop shop (uncredited)
John Ciorga ... swing gang (uncredited)
Henry H. Fuhrman ... carpenter foreman (uncredited)
George Hopewell ... painter (uncredited)
J.A. Neil ... swing gang (uncredited)
Weldon H. Patterson ... assistant props (uncredited)
Victor Scheckel ... greensman (uncredited)
Robert Turner ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Francis J. Scheid ... sound
Edwin S. Hall ... cableman (uncredited)
Robert J. Miller ... sound recordist (uncredited)
William Thompson ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Hans F. Koenekamp ... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
Horace L. Hulburd ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Fred Stromsoe ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Howard Claire ... second grip (uncredited)
Robert E. Farmer ... best boy (uncredited)
Ed. J. Gaj ... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Stuart Higgs ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Johannes ... camera operator (uncredited)
Maxwell Mann ... generator operator (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harold Noyes ... head grip (uncredited)
Ralph Owen ... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Woods ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Moss Mabry ... wardrobe
Henry Fields ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Adene Henderson ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Leon Roberts ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Joe Barry ... location manager (uncredited)
Carl P. Benoit ... location manager (uncredited)
Charles Bonniwell ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Maurice De Packh ... orchestrations (as Maurice de Packh)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrations
Bonnie Lou Williams ... singing voice: Lana Turner (uncredited)

Other crew

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Robert Erbes ... plumber (uncredited)
Ardon Faught ... first aid (uncredited)
Sam Freedle ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jackson Parks ... publicist (uncredited)
Eugene C. Steiner ... radio operator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 Jim Beaver

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Taglines The elusive Sea Captain and his blonde woman in an explosive, suspense-packed story of high daring on the high seas! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le renard des océans (France)
  • Der See-Fuchs (Germany)
  • El zorro de los océanos (Spain)
  • Kohti tuntematonta (Finland)
  • To geraki ton 5 thalasson (Greece)
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  • 117 min
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Trivia Prior to the start of filming in Hawaii, John Wayne went scuba diving and developed an ear infection. As a result, he was in severe pain for much of shooting. Many of Wayne's scenes could be shot only on his "good" side, since the infected ear was so swollen, and between takes he had to go lie down to rest from the pain. See more »
Goofs When David Farrar talks about Ehrlich's course options, he says they can rule out the vast Pacific to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east. Sailing from Sydney Australia, the Pacific would be to the East and the Indian Ocean to the West. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential (2015). See more »
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Quotes Capt. Karl Ehrlich: What do you suggest that I do?
Counsel General Hepke: The Rockhampton is due in Valparaiso tomorrow. There's not a chance that you can leave.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich: I'll take my chances with the British. They won't waste a warship watching this harbor for long.
Counsel General Hepke: Very well, Captain. If you insist. Seamanship is your forte. But I beg to remind you, propaganda's mine. If I assist you, you must help me.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich: I won't lie for you.
Counsel General Hepke: Of course not! I wouldn't think of asking you to lie. You haven't had the necessary diplomatic training.
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