The Sea Chase (1955)

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    • The Sea Chase (1955)



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      Plot Summary
      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

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... Capt. Karl Ehrlich
      Lana Turner .... Elsa Keller
      David Farrar .... Cmd. Jeff Napier
      Lyle Bettger .... Chief Officer Kirchner
      Tab Hunter .... Cadet Wesser
      James Arness .... Schlieter
      Richard Davalos .... Cadet Walter Stemme
      John Qualen .... Chief Engineer Schmitt
      Paul Fix .... Max Heinz
      Lowell Gilmore .... Capt. Evans
      Luis Van Rooten .... Matz
      Alan Hale Jr. .... Wentz
      Wilton Graff .... Counsel General Hepke
      Peter Whitney .... Bachman
      Claude Akins .... Winkler
      John Doucette .... Bos'n
      Alan Lee .... Brounck
      Adam Williams .... Kruger, wireless operator
      James O'Hara .... British officer
      Gavin Muir .... British officer
      Anthony Eustrel .... British high official
      Tudor Owen .... Trawler survivor
      Jean De Briac .... French governor
      Patrick O'Moore .... Warship officer
      John Sheffield
      Gail Robinson
      Gil Perkins
      Gloria Dea .... Spanish Girl (uncredited)
      Renate Hoy .... (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      James Warner Bellah
      Andrew Geer novel
      John Twist

      Original Music
      Roy Webb

      William H. Clothier

      Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)

      * Prior to the start of filming in Hawaii, John Wayne went scuba diving and developed an ear infection.
      As a result, he was in severe pain for much of shooting.
      Many of Wayne's scenes could be shot only on his "good" side, since the infected ear was so swollen,
      and between takes he had to go lie down to rest from the pain.

      * Errors in geography: When David Farrar talks about Ehrlich's course options, he says they can rule out the vast Pacific to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east. Sailing from Sydney Australia, the Pacific would be to the East and the Indian Ocean to the West.

      * Factual errors: The aircraft used to fly Cdr. Napier out of Valparaiso, was a DC-3 type aircraft with American markings.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Hawaii, USA
      Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

      Watch this Trailer


      Previous discussion:-
      The Sea Chase
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Sea Chase is a 1955 World War II drama film starring John Wayne and Lana Turner.
      It was directed by John Farrow and written by James Warner Bellah.
      The plot is a nautical cat and mouse game, with Wayne determined
      to get his German freighter home during the first few months of the war,
      all the while being chased by British and Australian naval ships.

      This is a film, that is hard to place, as I am not sure as to whether it was good,
      or am I missing something, and it was really bad!!
      I enjoyed the film, and although it is difficult to accept Duke as a German,
      it was more acceptable than say, Ghengis Kahn, or a Swede.
      The difference being, that no one attempted an accent, and in good old Americana,
      it made the part more credible.

      Lana Turner, seemed to have zero personality, and there was
      an obvious lack of chemistry,

      It was good to see a couple of Duke's pals, mainly Paul Fix,
      and John Qualen around, and his then, protege, James Arness.
      Interesting also, to see, Tab Hunter, the then pop singer.
      The film suffered, because of hostilities between Lana Turner
      and the director, and as
      The New Yorker film critic said,

      The novel by Mr, Geer, was an exciting, straightforward piece of work,
      you'd never guess it, from this interpretaion.

      Duke got married to Pilar, whilst making this film in Hawaii.

      User Review
      A German sea captain must out fox Allied warships.
      7 August 2001 | by Michael O'Keefe (Muskogee OK)

      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.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Hi

      The novel was good but would have been unacceptable for many of Dukes fans for Karl Earlich in the book was nowhere as reasonable as Duke was in the film.

      In the book the captain is a ruthless man who will stop at nothing to achieve his aim, and is quite ruthless.


      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • This movie is one we hadn't seen until the past year, when it became available on DVD and came to us as part of a boxed set, the John Wayne Legendary Heroes Collection. BTW, it is available from Deep Discount DVD, individually and as part of different sized sets.

      It was different in that JW was sort of the bad guy, if you know what I mean.

      I agree with Keith, in that the lack of accent for some reason seemed to be more believable.

      Chester :newyear:
    • Hi all,
      I've seen this movie yesterday evening for the first time. Enjoyed it, but have very strange impression. I agree with Keith - it is hard to beleive that Duke is German.

      Lana Terner seems to be suitable for this part and I can't say thet there was no chemistry at all between them.
      When I watched the trailer long before I\ve got the film, I thought that she was really awful in the part, but when I saw the whole movie - changed my mind.

      Ending was dissapointing - I don't like Duke's heroes to diy that way, even that it was open final with the hope that they escaped.

      It would be really intersting to read the novel.

    • I thought the Sea Chase was pretty good. Maybe not an absolute classic, but well done. I agreed that it is hard to beleive that John is a German. But the only accents in the movie are the British characters. I thought the music was great. It did a great job underscoring the race that they were making and added to the excitement.
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    • Not a bad film I think.Duke as a German?Hmmm...don't know but found it good that they didn't attempt the German accent as that would have been a let down.There was maybe not as much chemistry between Duke and Lana Turner as with other actresses but she was allright to me.
    • Re: The Sea Chase (1955)

      I have to amend my statement for the "Big Jake" topic, Mark. You have several other covers reflecting even earlier publications, including this one for 25 cents. Did you find these in your own collection or turn them up elsewhere?
      Cheers - Jay:beer:
    • Re: The Sea Chase (1955)

      Hello Jay. Every book that I am putting up in these threads are part of my collection that I have gathered over the years. Some are earlier editions (befor the movie was made) and some are after movie prints. Ebay has been very helpfull in finding copies of these books. I just love to see how close or how far off the movie version is from the book.

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: The Sea Chase (1955)

      I've always enjoyed this film which is a different vehicle for the Duke in his career. Perhaps it was the unique locations, from Australia across the Pacific to Chilie then ultimately to the North Sea, or perhaps it was the fact you might think the role he was playing was a bad guy, but clearly he played it to anything but a bad guy role. In any case, I enjoy watching these films of John Wayne that are different, varied from the roles we so often associate him with.