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The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

In the North Sea in 1944, passengers of a downed RAF transport aircraft talk about their lives while awaiting rescue in their dinghy.

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Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Lewis Gilbert (screenplay), John Harris (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Air Commodore Waltby
Dirk Bogarde ... Flight Sgt. MacKay
Anthony Steel ... Flying Officer Treherne
Nigel Patrick ... Flight Sgt. Singsby
Bonar Colleano ... Sgt. Kirby
James Kenney ... Cpl. Skinner
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Cpl. Robb
Griffith Jones ... Group Capt. Todd
Jack Watling ... Flying Officer Harding
Guy Middleton ... Squadron Leader Scott
Ian Whittaker Ian Whittaker ... A.C.2 Milliken
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Lt Patrick Boyle, Sea Otter Pilot
George Rose ... Tebbitt
Victor Maddern ... Gus Westover
Eddie Byrne ... Petty Officer Porter
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Storyline

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives awaiting the rescue they hope will come. The film's title reflects the motto of the RAF's Air Sea Rescue Service, one of whose high speed launches battles against its own mechanical problems, enemy action, time and the weather to locate and rescue the downed crew and the vital secret papers they carry. Written by Terry60

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SURGING DRAMA! Excitement that leaps from the screen!

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Aporritos fakellos B-2 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Angel Productions,Apollo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the film refers to the motto of the RAF's Directorate of Air Sea Rescue, which was created on 6 February 1941 and later became known as the RAF Search and Rescue Force. See more »

Goofs

When Gp Capt Todd is speaking to Mrs Watley at the railway station two airmen wearing the three-bladed propellor badge of the Senior Aircraftman pass by. This rank was not introduced until 1950. See more »

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[first lines]
Group Capt. Todd: My name is Group Captain Todd. During the war I commanded an RAF station on the east coast of England. This is the story some of the men of an air-sea rescue unit who served under my command. They didn't fly, but went to sea in high-speed launches. Their job - to rescue their comrades from the sea.
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Soundtracks

If I Only Had Wings
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Music by Ronnie Aldrich
Lyrics by Sid Colin
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Good film but poor process work
11 December 2010 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

As far as i am aware there are really only 2 British films about Air-Sea rescue ,this film and For Those In Peril.I believe that the earlier film is superior not just because it stars David Farrar who is far better than Anthony Steel,but it has a far more realistic feel.This film is hurt by its inept process work.Nearly every scene featuring Anthony Steel and most of those in the dinghy are clearly shot either on a sound stage or the studio tank and in my view this severely detracts from the realistic feel the film needs to impart.Also at the climax we have the rather strange effect of the boat being shrouded in fog and then in a blazing sun.Quite odd.We have all the usual banter of the lower ranks with some fine performances from a great cast.Incidentally Bonar Cellano who plays an airman and Michael Balfour ,an engineer,were great friends in real life.Alas they had a car crash,Balfour survived but Cellano did not/A real loss to the British cinema as he had made his home here.


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