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The Sea Chase (1955)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 4 June 1955 (USA)
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As World War II begins, German freighter Captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.

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John Farrow

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James Warner Bellah (screenplay), John Twist (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Capt. Karl Ehrlich
Lana Turner ... Elsa Keller
David Farrar ... Cmdr. Jeff Napier
Lyle Bettger ... Chief Officer Kirchner
Tab Hunter ... Cadet Wesser
James Arness ... Schlieter
Richard Davalos ... Cadet Walter Stemme (as Dick Davalos)
John Qualen ... Chief Engineer Schmitt
Paul Fix ... Max Heinz
Lowell Gilmore ... Capt. Evans
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Matz
Alan Hale Jr. ... Wentz (as Alan Hale)
Wilton Graff ... Consul General Hepke
Peter Whitney ... Bachman
Claude Akins ... Winkler (as Claude Akin)
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Storyline

As the Second World War breaks out, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich is about to leave Sydney, Australia with his vessel, the Ergenstrasse. Ehrlich, an anti-Nazi but proud German, hopes to outrun or out-maneuver the British warship pursuing him. Aboard his vessel is Elsa Keller, a woman Ehrlich has been ordered to return to Germany safely along with whatever secrets she carries. When Ehrlich's fiercely Nazi chief officer Kirchner commits an atrocity, the British pursuit becomes deadly. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The elusive Sea Captain and his blonde woman in an explosive, suspense-packed story of high daring on the high seas! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sea Chase See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints) (RCA Sound Recording)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

While this story is fictional. The original story was based on a real-life similar incident that occurred in 1939. It involved the 10 year old German built steamer the Erlangen. See more »

Goofs

When the ship slips out of Sydney the captain orders full ahead as soon as the lines are dropped. This is an error in seamanship as the ship would run parallel to the dock and crash into whatever was in front of it. To properly get away from the dock, the stern first would be swung away from the dock, then go into reverse to enter the channel, then a forward command would be given, but not likely full steam ahead while still in the harbor. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Karl Ehrlich: We'll burn this ship in her own fires!
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Referenced in The Streets of San Francisco: Pilot (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Steh'ich in finstrer Mitternacht
(uncredited)
Written by Wilhelm Hauff
English Lyrics by John Farrow
Arranged by Ray Heindorf
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A German sea captain must out fox Allied warships.
7 August 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

A very strange cast; very confusing story line; but a very good fox chasing the hound on the war time seas. John Wayne is a disgruntled German freighter captain that only wants to get his ship to safe port at the beginning of World War II. Not believing the ideals of Hitler, Wayne and his volunteer sailors set course for Norway. Pretending allegiance to Germany, Wayne must transport a beautiful spy(Lana Turner)to safety. The freighter must out run a determined British Commander(David Farrar)who has personal reasons to catch Wayne and his special cargo.

Diverse supporting cast includes: Lyle Bettger, James Arness, Tab Hunter and John Qualen. Action movies on the bounding sea always fascinate me. This is fun movie to watch.


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