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The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)





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Talented special effects and adventure director Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days, 1956) keeps the suspense going in this drama about the wreck of the Mary Deare. John Sands (Charleton Heston) is the captain of a salvage ship that is almost rammed by the apparently abandoned Mary Deare. Sands boards the ship in search of plunder but as it is tossed on the high seas, he discovers a half-crazed captain aboard (Gary Cooper). The captain of the Mary Deare, Gideon Patch, tells Sands his story and in the end, the ship is scuttled and sinks. While Sands believes the story, the court does not believe it and Captain Patch is devastated. Determined to prove his innocence, the two captains dive down to the sunken Mary Deare to dredge up the evidence they need -- building up to a slam-bang climax.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Gary Cooper
as Gideon Patch
Charlton Heston
as John Sands
Michael Redgrave
as Mr. Nyland
Emlyn Williams
as Sir Wilfred Falcett
Cecil Parker
as The Chairman
Virginia McKenna
as Janet Taggart
Richard Harris
as Higgins
Ben Wright
as Mike Duncan
Peter Illing
as Gunderson
Ashley Cowan
as Burrows
Alexander Archdale
as Lloyd's Counsel
John Le Mesurier
as MOA Lawyer
Louis Mercier
as Commander of Police
Albert Carrier
as Ambulance Attendant
Paul Bryar
as Port Official
Lomax Study
as Photographer
Charles Lamb
as Court Clerk
John Dearth
as Reporter
George Dee
as French Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Wreck of the Mary Deare

All Critics (2)

Crisply done sea adventure.

Full Review… | April 7, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Offbeat, compelling adventure-mystery tale featuring Cooper and Heston.

February 17, 2008
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Wreck of the Mary Deare


Excellent cast with a seagoing mystery. Classic enough in the plot to hold interest for mystery lovers, regardless of era. Keeps you wondering just what went wrong. There are times when you wonder if Gary Cooper is guilty of "something," but you root for him anyway. Enjoyable!

Cheryl Nugent
Cheryl Nugent

Big stars and good production values but very dull.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Intense movie with two solid actors giving fine performances as Captain Patch (Cooper) and John Sands (Heston). Heston is more understated, appropriately so, than in some of his other films. No overacting here. Good story based on the 1952 novel about two seamen cracking a mystery in the stormy English Channel.

Jim Willis
Jim Willis

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