The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955)





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Richard Attenborough stars as a former crew member of a British gunboat, which was distinguished by a heroic wartime record. Attenborough and several fellow ex-crewmen buy the vessel in peacetime. They clean, paint and renovate the ship, then proceed to launch a smuggling operation. The film gradually veers towards fantasy as the ship itself assumes a "conscience" and starts to rebel against the crew's criminal activity. The Ship That Died of Shame tempers its moralizing with some first-rate comedy vignettes during the renovation sequences. The film was shorn of nearly 15 minutes and retitled PT Raiders for its first American run, but both original title and full running time were restored for television.


Richard Attenborough
as George Hoskins
George Baker
as Bill Randall
Virginia McKenna
as Helen Randall
Bill Owen
as Birdie
Bernard Lee
as Customs Officer
Ralph Truman
as Sir Richard
Harold Goodwin
as Second Customs Officer
John Longden
as Detective
Stratford Johns
as Garage Worker (uncredited)
David Langton
as Man in Coastal Forces Club Bar (uncredited)
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If the direction, by Messrs. Relph and Dearden, is not exactly inspired, it leads us smoothly from glory to disgrace, missing the shoals of the supernatural with considerable adroitness.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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