The Cruel Sea | 1953 | Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden

The Cruel Sea | 1953 | Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden

Based on Nicholas Monsarrat’s best selling novel, which was in turn derived from his experiences on the North Sea convoys, The Cruel Sea is set in the middle of ‘the battle of the Atlantic’, as the U-boats attempted to destroy British shipping lanes and starve the country into surrender. The film follows the men of the Compass Rose, a small corvette protecting the merchant shipping, as they deal with the unseen menace of the submarines and the pressures of life at sea.

cast
Jack Hawkins as Ericson
Donald Sinden as Lockhart
Denholm Elliott as Morell
Stanley Baker as Bennett
Virginia McKenna as Julie Hallam
John Stratton as Ferraby
John Warner as Baker
Bruce Seton as Tallow
Liam Redmond as Watts
Moira Lister as Elaine Morell
June Thorburn as Doris Ferraby
Megs Jenkins as Tallow’s Sister
Alec McCowen as Tonbridge
Gerik Schjelderup as Norwegian Captain
Meredith Edwards as
Johnny Singer as Gray
Glyn Houston as Phillips
Gerard Heinz as Polish Captain
Barry Steele as Broughton
Sam Kydd as Carslake
Laurence Hardy as Sellars
Fred Griffiths as Gracey
Dafydd Havard as Signalman Rose
Leo Phillips as Wainwright
Gaston Richer as French Captain
Andrew Cruickshank as Scott Brown
Barry Letts as Raikes
Kenn Kennedy as Allingham
Harold Goodwin as ASDIC Operator
George Curzon as Admiral at Party
Anthony Snell as R.N. Lieutenant
Ronald Simpson as R.N. Captain
Don Sharp as Lieutenant-Commander
Herbert C. Walton as The Waiter
Jack Howard as A Survivor
Russell Waters as A.R.P. Warden
Harold Jamieson as A.R.P. Warden
Warwick Ashton as Petty Officer Instructor
Walter Fitzgerald as Warden (uncredited)
Paddy Joyce as Sonar Operator (uncredited)
Richard Leech as Sailor (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis as Lady at Party (uncredited)
Jim O’Brady as Sailor in Water
Alan Webb as Admiral Murray-Forbes (uncredited)

crew
Director: Charles Frend
Script: Nicholas Monsarrat, Eric Ambler

UK | 126 minutes | 1953

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