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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.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der See-Fuchs See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Claude Akins' normally dark head of hair was bleached blond for this role, even though his chest hair was not. 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: What do you suggest that I do?
Counsel General Hepke: The Rockhampton is due in Valparaiso tomorrow. There's not a chance that you can leave.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich: I'll take my chances with the British. They won't waste a warship watching this harbor for long.
Counsel General Hepke: Very well, Captain. If you insist. Seamanship is your forte. But I beg to remind you, propaganda's mine. If I assist you, you must help me.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich: I won't lie for you.
Counsel General Hepke: Of course not! I wouldn't think of asking you to lie. You haven't had the necessary diplomatic training.
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Connections

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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Another lesson for clever-clever directors
11 July 2009 | by barney_holmesSee all my reviews

After wading through our modern crop of difficult, complicated productions it was refreshing to watch this little number. Not unlike diving into that Pacific ocean.

It's not ground breaking. It's not even a work of genius. But isn't that the point and the purpose of a film ? A lesson that many directors seem to have forgotten these days with films that always have to try and out do one another. Be "clever clever", or make some drawn out post modern social commentary. I don't know about you, but I go to see a film to have a break from those things. To relax.

The scene where Wayne and Turner talk in a clearing is natural. I could have stumbled in on their conversation out of the trees. There seems to be no effort in what they do. Who's paying these people !? I want to see sweat and tears ! Oh wait, they're acting.

The story is obscure in an attractive sort of way .. not unlike another Wayne film "Blood Alley", but is told in that easy way that seems to come to matinees. Dropping off the screen like some dog eared work of fiction that you read on holiday.


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