The Sea Chase

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide
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Special Features

John Wayne trailer gallery; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Sea Chase is a moderately entertaining sea yarn that will perhaps most please fans of stars John Wayne and Lana Turner, for both are given ample screen time. It would be a pleasure to report that all the screen time was spent on exploring engrossing characters or in pursuit of a lively, captivating story, but that is not the case. Despite the thrills that the title promises, Chase is a surprisingly placid affair. Oh, there are "action" sequences a plenty; but they provide action without a great deal of drama and thus don't have the impact desired. Director John Farrow is not operating at the top of his game here, turning in a mediocre job that doesn't take advantage of the many exciting opportunities it presents. Granted, he's trying to get across the fact that there's a great deal of "dead time" associated with a globe-spanning sea voyage, and this he does effectively, but at the cost of drama and audience involvement. Wayne and Tuerner come across well, but they're hampered by the lack of developed characters and so essentially fall back on familiar tricks; it provides interest but it isn't the best work for either performer. Supporting players are well cast, and the film has a good look, with very good lensing by William H. Clothier.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 085391158646
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled / Special Packaging
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,935

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Capt. Karl Erlich
Lana Turner Elsa Keller
David Farrar Comdr. Napier
Lyle Bettger Krichner
Tab Hunter Cadet Wesser
James Arness Schlieter
Dick Davalos Cadet Walter Stemme
John Qualen Chief Schmidt
Paul Fix Max Heinz
Lowell Gilmore Capt. Evans
Alan Hale Jr. Wentz
Peter Whitney Bachman
Claude Akins Winkler
Alan Lee Brounck
Jean de Briac French governor
Gloria Dea
John Doucette Bo'sun
Isabelle Dwan
Anthony Eustrel British high official
Wilton Graff Hepke
Cameron A. Grant Kruse
Renate Huy Fraulein
John Indrisano
James Lilburn British officer
Lucita Spanish Girl
Gavin Muir British officer
Pat O'Moore Warship officer
Tudor Owen Trawler survivor
Gil Perkins Baldhead
Joey Ray Sub Lieutenant
John Sheffield Patron in Dining Room
Fred Stromsoe Mueller
Luis Van Rooten Matz
Adam Williams Kruger
Technical Credits
John Farrow Director, Producer
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
James Warner Bellah Screenwriter
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Emmett Emerson Asst. Director
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Russell Llewellyn Asst. Director
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
John Twist Screenwriter
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
Roy Webb Score Composer
William H. Ziegler Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Sea Chase
1. Credits [1:15]
2. One Officer to Another [4:44]
3. Lady With a Past [4:12]
4. Sailing Plans [2:41]
5. Through the Fog [5:51]
6. Spy in Mink [4:43]
7. Changing Course [4:33]
8. Fox and Hounds [3:23]
9. Music From Kirchner [4:00]
10. Auckland - And Murder [4:39]
11. Quite a Woman [3:57]
12. The Ship's Own Fires [2:58]
13. Fuel for Confrontation [3:25]
14. Vendetta [1:59]
15. 14-Hour Workdays [2:44]
16. Seesawing Attraction [5:22]
17. Rats [2:05]
18. Best Man on the Crew [:55]
19. Shark Arrack [3:43]
20. Steh' Ich Im Finst'rer Mitternacht [3:23]
21. Killer's Log Entry [3:00]
22. Not Dying. Dead [4:59]
23. Lifeboat Trio [5:46]
24. Our Country's Goos [2:48]
25. The Enemy on Land [4:20]
26. A Man to Be Proud Od [4:11]
27. Ironic Admiration [3:32]
28. Betrayed [4:40]
29. Abandon Ship [2:13]
30. Under Fire [4:52]
31. Riddle of the Sea [3:26]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic John Wayne

    If you like John Wayne and haven't seen this movie it's time you did. Lots of action and even romance with Lana Turner, a great story.

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