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PT Raiders (1955)

The Ship That Died of Shame (original title)
A trio of ex-servicemen begin smuggling innocuous black market items into post-war Britain, but through greed they graduate to more sinister cargo.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Nicholas Monsarrat (from the story by), John Whiting (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... George Hoskins
George Baker ... Bill Randall
Bill Owen ... Birdie Dick
Virginia McKenna ... Helen Randall
Roland Culver ... Fordyce
Bernard Lee ... Sam Brewster,The Customs Officer
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Sir Richard
John Chandos John Chandos ... Raines
Harold Goodwin ... Second Customs Officer
John Longden ... The Detective
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Storyline

After intense wartime naval experiences a trio buy their old ship but then have to use it for smuggling and worse, before finally having to come to their senses. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Brave men who drove their gallant ship into a sea of death! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

PT Raiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Poole Harbour, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont - Kalee) (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three ex-Navy MTBs were used to play the part of 1087. After filming, one of them, ex-Polish Navy S-10 really was used for smuggling and it eventually sank in the Mediterranean. The story is told by the Captain, Hugh Edwards, in his book "Midnight Trader". See more »

Goofs

At the end, after the ship has crashed onto the rocks, the ship slides off the rocks and sinks but the front part of the hull has no damage. See more »

Quotes

George Hoskins: The old firm eh? Hoskins and Randall...
Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: Put like that our operations were practically a moral crusade. Our only aim in life was to make people happy. Hoskins did the fixing. I sailed the boat.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in Britain at 91 minutes; an alternate, re-edited version titled "PT Raiders" was released in the USA at 78 minutes. See more »

Soundtracks

Every Inch a Sailor
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Fishman
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".....you're meant to search the ship, not sink it......"
8 December 2018 | by Brucey_DSee all my reviews

This film addresses the hard lot that ex-servicemen had to face in nigh-on bankrupt post-war Britain; many of them felt of as little use as their now redundant equipment, and some sought excitement and ill-gotten gains by whatever means available.

The Ship in question is a Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat and appears to be (I think) a Fairmile type C. These boats were fast, heavily armed and themselves somewhat vulnerable to attack having little or no armour and containing hundreds of gallons of fuel. They were powered by three large engines and sported between ~2000 and 4000hp depending on the specification.

The idea of using a craft of this sort for smuggling is a bit of a stretch; they use several gallons of fuel per mile and are ruinously expensive to operate, so much so that few of this type survive today. Any smuggling operation using one would have to pay out handsomely just to meet the fuel bills.

Anyway the film is a little darker and has less overt sympathies than many of this period. The cinematography and model work is pretty good and the cast is excellent.

This film is well worth watching, almost a forgotten classic.


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