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The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Eric Ambler (screenplay), Hammond Innes (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Gideon Patch
Charlton Heston ... John Sands
Michael Redgrave ... Mr. Nyland
Emlyn Williams ... Sir Wilfred Falcett
Cecil Parker ... The Chairman
Alexander Knox ... Petrie
Virginia McKenna ... Janet Taggart
Richard Harris ... Lieutenant Higgins
Ben Wright ... Mike
Peter Illing ... Gunderson
Terence de Marney ... Frank
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Burrows
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Yules - Quartermaster on Mary Deare
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Storyline

In the English Channel John Sands, from a small rescue ship, finds the freighter Mary Deare drifting. Although there's only a little fire, the whole crew seems to have left the ship. John's already looking forward to a large salvage fee, but then he finds first officer Gerald Patch still on board. Sands can't get back to his tug boat and stays with Patch while Patch grounds the Mary Deare. Although he doesn't understand yet what happened on the Mary Deare, Sands allows Patch to persuade him not to talk about what he saw on board and to drag out the official investigation of the incident. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barco sin puerto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,596,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,165,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,815,000, 31 December 1960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Blaustein-Baroda See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston was impressed that Gary Cooper still performed his own stunts, including remaining submerged for long periods of time, despite his age and obvious ill health. See more »

Goofs

When Patch and Sands jumped off the salvage ship dressed in SCUBA gear, they already had their goggles over their eyes and the mouthpieces in their mouths. Seconds later they were swimming on the surface with goggles on top of their heads and mouthpieces out of their mouths, and putting those back on as they went underwater. See more »

Quotes

Gideon Patch: I'm asking you to do something for me as one man to another!
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Routine Sea Drama
13 June 1999 | by Maestro-15See all my reviews

This film is an entertaining piece of drama for a casual viewing. It has Charlton Heston in probably his last supporting role during his prime acting portion of his career. This film was made after he completed filming on Ben-Hur but before it was released. Heston took a backseat to Gary Cooper in this one, who gives another solid performance. This was one of his last films and he looked a bit tired. As far as the film, an interesting story of a sea captain's negligence and an unscrupulous team of ship salvagers on Coop's last command. Special effects are first rate for 1959. No classic here though.


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