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The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Eric Ambler (screenplay), Hammond Innes (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Gideon Patch
Charlton Heston ... John Sands
Michael Redgrave ... Mr. Nyland
Emlyn Williams ... Sir Wilfred Falcett
Cecil Parker ... The Chairman
Alexander Knox ... Petrie
Virginia McKenna ... Janet Taggart
Richard Harris ... Lieutenant Higgins
Ben Wright ... Mike
Peter Illing ... Gunderson
Terence de Marney ... Frank
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Burrows
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Yules - Quartermaster on Mary Deare
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Storyline

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>

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From the great suspense Best Seller about the ghost ship Mary Deare! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barco sin puerto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,596,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,165,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,815,000, 31 December 1960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Blaustein-Baroda See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Wilfred Falcett: [During court testimony] After the loss of the Silver Isle, you found yourself, as the saying goes, "on the beach" for some considerable time, did you not?
Gideon Patch: Yes.
Sir Wilfred Falcett: You were glad to be taken on as a third officer?
Gideon Patch: Yes.
Sir Wilfred Falcett: That must have been a bitter experience for you, the sort of experience ends to put a chip on a man's shoulder. Wouldn't you agree?
Gideon Patch: That depends on the man!
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Gary Cooper's Second to Last Movie
29 December 2006 | by janice143See all my reviews

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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