At her father's funeral, Ann Chapin thinks back over the last five years of his life, years of apparent political and personal failure dominated by a selfish and dissatisfied wife and eased... See full summary »
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.
In the English Channel John Sands, from a small rescue ship, finds the freighter Mary Deare drifting. Although there's only a little fire, the whole crew seems to have left the ship. John's already looking forward to a large salvage fee, but then he finds first officer Gerald Patch still on board. Sands can't get back to his tug boat and stays with Patch while Patch grounds the Mary Deare. Although he doesn't understand yet what happened on the Mary Deare, Sands allows Patch to persuade him not to talk about what he saw on board and to drag out the official investigation of the incident.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Charlton Heston was impressed that Gary Cooper still performed his own stunts, including remaining submerged for long periods of time, despite his age and obvious ill health. See more »
When Patch and Sands jumped off the salvage ship dressed in SCUBA gear, they already had their goggles over their eyes and the mouthpieces in their mouths. Seconds later they were swimming on the surface with goggles on top of their heads and mouthpieces out of their mouths, and putting those back on as they went underwater. See more »
I watched the Wreck of the Mary Deare last night on TCM. I agree with the other reviewers, for the most part. However, I just love Gary Cooper, and it was quite obvious that he was not well when he made this movie. He looked sick and it seemed that he was just walking through his part. He died from prostate cancer a few years after this movie was released.
I remember the Oscar show when Gary Cooper got an honorable Oscar award and Jimmy Stewart accepted for him. Stewart was very emotional when he accepted the award on behalf of Cooper, so it was quite obvious that Cooper was seriously ill. And he was! With regard to Charlton Heston, he always gave a strong performance. And to watch him in the Michael Moore documentary, "Bowling at Columbine," was a sad sight to see! A lot of great actors and actresses in this movie, a lot of them gone.
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