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The Sea Chase (1955)

The Sea Chase (1955)

The Sea Chase





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John Wayne plays anti-Nazi Prussian sea captain Karl Erlich in Sea Chase, one of the many film commentaries released post WWII. Though staunchly opposed to the Nazi regime, Karl (Wayne) feels it would nevertheless be unpatriotic should he refuse to save his ship from destruction. His ship--an old, rusty 5,000 ton freighter named the Ergenstrasse --is being pursued by a British warship on his journey from Australia back to Germany. Captain Erlich does everything he can to save his ship and his crew, but the process is long and dangerous, particularly without a plentiful supply of fuel and provisions. Erlich must face obstacles ranging from horrendous sea storms and shark attacks to false murder accusations, and it seems his only devotee is Elsa (Lana Turner), a beautiful German spy. Despite nearly falling to the determined English ship and a mutiny attempt by his own crew, Captain Erlich manages to survive what was anything but a routine trip back to his home country.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Geer, John Twist, James Warner Bellah, Derek N. Twist
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2005


John Wayne
as Captain Karl Ehrlich
Lana Turner
as Elsa Keller
Tab Hunter
as Cadet Wesser
Lyle Bettger
as Chief Officer Kirchn...
David Farrar
as Cmdr. Napier
James Arness
as Schlieter
Dick Davalos
as Cadet Walter Stemme
Richard Davalos
as Cadet Walter Stemme
John Qualen
as Chief Schmidt
Paul Fix
as Max Heinz
Lowell Gilmore
as Capt. Evans
Alan Lee
as Brounck
Claude Akins
as Winkler
Gil Perkins
as Baldhead
James Lilburn
as Sub Lieutenant
Tony Travers
as Sub Lieutenant
John Indrisano
as Sub Lieutenant
Joey Ray
as Sub Lieutenant
Gavin Muir
as Officer-of-the-Watch
Gloria Dea
as Spanish Girl
Josephine Para
as Spanish Girl
as Spanish Girl
Isabelle Dwan
as Fraulein
Theresa Tudor
as Fraulein
Renate Huy
as Fraulein
John Sheffield
as Patron in Dining Roo...
Anthony Eustrel
as British high officia...
Tudor Owen
as Trawler survivor
Jean De Briac
as French governor
Pat O'Moore
as Warship officer
Patrick O'Moore
as Warship Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Sea Chase

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

To enjoy this John Wayne's popular action adventure, you'll have to disregard its terrible script and bizarre casting of the Duke as a German sea captain.

Full Review… | January 31, 2007

"This letterboxed version was watchable only to see how Lana acts while wearing furs..."

Full Review… | July 25, 2001
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Audience Reviews for The Sea Chase

Decent if cliched WWII actioner. Lana looks great especially considering she's on a German frieghter for weeks on end, she never less then immaculate! A pleasant time filler.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Bit claustraphobic and Wayne has no idea how to be German but it was an great action love story for its time.

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

To enjoy this John Wayne's popular action adventure, you'll have to disregard its terrible script and bizarre casting of the Duke as a German sea captain.

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