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Sailor of the King (1953)

Single-Handed (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 11 June 1953 (UK)
In 1940, Canadian sailor Andrew Brown is prisoner on a battle damaged German raider and he plans to delay the raider's at-sea repairs until a British naval task-force can destroy it.

Director:

Roy Boulting

Writers:

C.S. Forester (novel), Valentine Davies (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Signalman Andrew 'Canada' Brown
Michael Rennie ... Lt. Richard Saville
Wendy Hiller ... Lucinda Bentley
Bernard Lee ... Petty Officer 'Stokes' Wheatley
Peter van Eyck ... Kapitan von Falk (as Peter Van Eyck)
Victor Maddern ... Signalman Willy 'Misery' Earnshaw
John Horsley ... Cmdr. John Willis
Patrick Barr ... Capt. Tom Ashley, HMS 'Amesbury'
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Cdr. John Stafford - HMS 'Stratford'
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Storyline

The HMS Aylesbury is sunk by the the German raider Essen. Only two men survive and are rescued by the damaged German ship. When the Germans make for an isolated harbour to repair the damage the suffered during the fight one of the men decides he must do all he can to delay the repairs and give the Royal Navy time to locate and destroy the ship. Written by Jason

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 June 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

C.S. Forester's Sailor of the King See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Budget:

$1,220,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The rifles used on both side switched back and forth between the German 98 Mauser and the British Enfield depending on the scene. See more »

Goofs

Michael Rennie and Wendy Hiller are on a train. A shot of the train approaching shows 3 white discs on the front of the engine - one in front of the chimney and one on either side of the smoke box. There's scenes of Michael and Wendy chatting in their carriage then a shot of the train approaching a station but now the signal disc on the chimney has disappeared. See more »

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It's a Long Way to Tipperary
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Courage in the face of Overwhelming Odds.
7 October 1999 | by JSPrineSee all my reviews

Jeffrey Hunter is very good in this splendid account of a British seaman who pits himself single-handedly in a desperate battle against a huge German warship.

Slow-moving at first, the action builds inexorably into a grand and (at least for me) very satisfactory climax. Who cares about realism when you can have this much fun?

Michael Rennie (one of my favorite actors) is well-cast in his role, and Bernard Lee (you might know him as James Bond's chief) is also very good.

If you see this movie and enjoy it, you might also be interested in Peter O'Toole's "Murphy's War", which is quite similar in many respects.

I rate this good old movie 7.5 out of 10.


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