The Sea Chase – 1955 – English
Film directed in 1955 by John Farrow, and starring John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter, James Arness, Richard Davalos, John Qualen, Paul Fix, Lowell Gilmore, Luis van Rooten, Alan Hale Jr., Wilton Graff, Peter Whitney, Claude Akins, John Doucette, Alan Hale Jr.…
Synopsis: 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.
Review: It is quite obvious that this film is Fiction and the plot of the story or the actual directional course this ship is sailing is in correct. Hollywood wanted the public to view John Wayne and Lana Turner together on a cargo ship with only men and no women aboard. John Wayne (Capt. Karl Ehrlich),”Sands of Iwo Jima”,’49, was a great Captain who really did not want a women on board his vessel. However, he had no choice but to take Lana Turner, (Elsa Keller),”The Postman Always Rings Twice”,’46 along for the very uncomfortable cruise. Tab Hunter(Cadet Wesser), “Damn Yankees”,’58, played a very young pretty boy who ran into some serious problems in the water and on the ship. There was lots of chopping of wood and James Arness,(Schlieter),”Gunsmoke”,TV Series, gave a great supporting role as a sailor who did not necessarily get along with Capt. Ehrlich. If you love John Wayne and Lana Turner all very young looking, you just might enjoy this rather long drawn out cruise.