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PT Raiders (1955)

The Ship That Died of Shame (original title)
A trio of ex-servicemen begin smuggling innocuous black market items into post-war Britain, but through greed they graduate to more sinister cargo.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Nicholas Monsarrat (from the story by), John Whiting (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... George Hoskins
George Baker ... Bill Randall
Bill Owen ... Birdie Dick
Virginia McKenna ... Helen Randall
Roland Culver ... Fordyce
Bernard Lee ... Sam Brewster,The Customs Officer
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Sir Richard
John Chandos John Chandos ... Raines
Harold Goodwin ... Second Customs Officer
John Longden ... The Detective
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Storyline

After intense wartime naval experiences a trio buy their old ship but then have to use it for smuggling and worse, before finally having to come to their senses. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Adventure on the high seas! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

PT Raiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Poole Harbour, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont - Kalee) (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Uncredited theatrical movie debut of David Langton (Man in Coastal Forces Club Bar). See more »

Goofs

When Raines comes out of the abandoned WW2 bunker, the left lens of his glasses appears to have a scratch. In subsequent shots, the scratch is gone. See more »

Quotes

George Hoskins: You said the jobs were getting worse. You're right. Last night was too much!
[he crushes the newspaper in his hands]
George Hoskins: We'll get out!
Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: Do you really believe we can get out now?... finish? Clean off the muck and forget what we've done? Do you really believe that?
George Hoskins: Why not?
Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: Because it happened! We did those things! From the smuggling of a few bottles of wine in the early days to the carrying of that raving maniac last night! We did it all, George, and we can't wipe that off the scoreboard!
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in Britain at 91 minutes; an alternate, re-edited version titled "PT Raiders" was released in the USA at 78 minutes. See more »

Soundtracks

We'll Meet Again
(uncredited)
Written by Hugh Charles and Ross Parker
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A really good film
28 April 2019 | by alanbartlett-94671See all my reviews

I never miss this film whenever it is shown. This mainly down to the fact that my father Haydn Bartlett made the model used in the film. Unfortunately model makers were hardly ever given screen credits (he never got a credit for his model work on "Those magnificent men in their flying machines" either). I have photos of the model at various stages of construction including one it undergoing river tests and also a photo of the real boat. I remember dad saying that Richard Attenborough kept calling him 'darling' when he was on set (much to dads consternation). I always get a lump in my throat when I watch dads model sink under the waves...


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