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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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Taglines:

The Saga of the Derelict, Mary Deare... the strange secret she carried... the desperate voyage and plot to sink her! 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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Average Shot Length = ~seven seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.3 seconds. See more »

Goofs

Patch and Sands enter the sunken portion of the Mary Deare using SCUBA equipment and are followed by Higgins and crew members by observing their underwater lights. Close-ups show large amounts of bubbles from the SCUBA in the underwater shot but no bubbles seen by Higgins on the surface, which would have made their locations very obvious. See more »

Quotes

Gideon Patch: I'm asking you to do something for me as one man to another!
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Wonderful drama with shipping theme
27 January 2003 | by tacquireSee all my reviews

Really good, sound drama with Gary Cooper and Charleton Heston involving the world of shipping and salvage. From the raging sea to the eeryness of an empty ship, to the court room and back it maintains a very good pace.


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