The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

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The Sea Shall Not Have Them is our candidate for the most dramatic title of any British World War II film. Happily, the film itself upholds the promise of its name. The focus of the story is a dramatic rescue at sea, which consumes well over a third of the running time. A British bomber carrying high-ranking officer Michael Redgrave, commander Dirk Bogarde and two other men is blasted out of the sky by a German plane. The four men survive, board an inflatable dinghy, and patiently await rescue in the storm-tossed Atlantic. The Air-Sea Rescue Units are poised to write off the search for the downed flyers as hopeless, but Redgrave is carrying vital documents, and is therefore not expendable. Based on a novel by John Harris, The Sea Shall Not Have Them scores highest on its suspense content, and lowest on its banal dialogue exchanges.

Cast

Michael Redgrave
as Air Commodore Waltby
Dirk Bogarde
as Flight Sgt. Mackay
Bonar Colleano
as Sgt. Kirby
Nigel Patrick
as Flight Sgt. Singsby
Anthony Steel
as Flying Officer Treherne
James Kenney
as Cpl. Skinner
Sydney Tafler
as Capt. Robb
Ian Whittaker
as Air Crewman Milliken
George Rose
as Tebbitt
Victor Maddern
as Gus Westover
Michael Ripper
as Botterill
Jack Taylor
as Robinson
Paul Carpenter
as Lt. Pat Boyle
Anton Diffring
as German Pilot
Rachel Kempson
as Mrs. Waltby
Joan Sims
as Mrs. Tebbitt
Ann Gudrun
as Kirby's Fiancee
Griffith Jones
as Group Cmdr. Todd
Jack Watling
as Flight Officer Harding
Guy Middleton
as Squadron Leader Scott
Jack Lambert
as Squadron Leader Craig
Moultrie Kelsall
as Wing Commander Dixon
Nigel Green
as Met Officer Howard
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