The Sea Chase
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The captain finds himself in Australia at the outbreak of the war. He breaks out in an attempt to bring his ship safely back to Germany. Though he loathes the regime, he is a loyal German. Getting to Germany is only the least of his problems. He is saddled by his consulate with the transport of a German spy in the form of Femme Fatale, Lana Turner. To make matters worse, his second officer is an ardent Nazi who thinks nothing of committing the occasional atrocity against shipwrecked seamen. The icing on the cake is the Royal Navy warship that pursues him across the South Pacific with an old family friend aboard her as one of the officers.
Throughout the entire ordeal, Wayne portrays the captain as a man dedicated to his own ideals and his own conception of valor. This makes dealing with Nazis, spies, mutinous crewmen and friend in the opposing navy just that much more difficult.
Wayne is often criticized for playing the same one dimensional character over and over again. I see him as playing parts he believes in over and over again. He generally does a good job of it and this film is no exception. Principles have a price and Wayne pays the price, doing so with gallantry.
The fact he's a German who is vehemently anti-Nazi is a calling to people in coutries that fall under the same circumstances as Germany under Hitler that they don't have to take it. I think many people miss this point and say "oh, isn't it nice there are always nice people on both sides...". Yes, there's that too, but the other point should be taken as well.
I'm shocked by all the reviews here that complain about the lack of German accents. These people obviously have NO classic movie knowledge/haven't watched many classics. John Wayne would have been laughed out of the theater in this film if he'd had a German accent!
There's also complaints about Lana always being "fixed" and pulled together. Here's why: movies used to be MOVIES. There were escapism and entertainment. People didn't used to like going to the movies to see people be "real" and get all roughed up. They liked the glamour. So if Lana's dress is never wrinkled, that was a good thing.
They could use their imaginations a little! Back then--when they made good, decent, classic, wonderful movies with people that actually had talent--the public didn't need someone's guts to fall out and blood to splatter everywhere to understand someone was hurt when they were shot. You'd here a bang and the person would fall down, and that was good enough. So, really, do you need The Duke to attempt a ridiculous German accent to understand he's German??? Not that he couldn't do it, but why would you want him to?
So, I just HAD to post a review to address that nonsense from other posters. The movie is great with two of the greatest movies stars of all time (The Duke being *the greatest ever*). I'd highly recommend it. It's full of action with a good helping of romance. Fantastic!
The film looks and sounds great on DVD with its original CinemaScope aspect ratio intact. A very entertaing film set on the high seas. Enjoy.
After Louis B. Meyer left M.G.M. the ''stars'' that were in heaven were let go as soon as possible: or, so they say. The new head of the Studio didn't care much for Lana, as they say. The lady worked. 1937 until 1966 in top drawer A movies. Oh! The dress. She wears only mink and this cream colored scoop neck dress, apart from a couple of sweaters and blue jeans, a nurse sort of uniform etc. Watch the movie. She was a ''star'', but please don't let that stop you from enjoying her.
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The Sea Chase was released in 1955. It starred John Wayne and Lana Turner. Tab Hunter supplied great support. Of course John Wayne and Lana Turner end up together. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
John Wayne anytime scores big--his westerns for me are the best but I enjoy him but I think Lana Turner was a little weak but I never wanted to turn it off-Published 2 months ago by Betty Zuck
I rather liked this sea adventure, inspired by real events, even if it is definitely not one of Duke's best films. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maciej
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