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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Twist, James Warner Bellah, Derek N. Twist
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2005


as Captain Karl Ehrlich

as Elsa Keller

as Cadet Wesser

as Chief Officer Kirchn...

as Cmdr. Napier

as Schlieter

as Cadet Walter Stemme

as Cadet Walter Stemme

as Chief Schmidt

as Max Heinz

as Bachman

as Capt. Evans

as Bo'sun

as Brounck

as Winkler

as Baldhead

as Sub Lieutenant

as Sub Lieutenant

as Sub Lieutenant

as Sub Lieutenant

as Officer-of-the-Watch

as Spanish Girl

as Spanish Girl

as Spanish Girl

as Fraulein

as Fraulein

as Fraulein

as Patron in Dining Roo...

as British high officia...

as Trawler survivor

as French governor

as Warship officer

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

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