The Sea Chase (1955) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.2/ 10 (1297 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (presents) (A Warner Bros. - First National Picture)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 4 June 1955
(UK) - 22 August 1955
(West Germany) - 1 September 1955
(Japan) - 7 September 1955
(France) - 30 September 1955

Running Time

The elusive Sea Captain and his blonde woman in an explosive, suspense-packed story of high daring on the high seas! JOHN WAYNE - a skipper sworn never to be taken! LANA TURNER - the fuse of his floating time-bomb! He was a skipper sworn never to be taken! She was the fuse of his floating time-bomb!

based-on-book, based-on-novel, battleship, blonde, boat, boat-chase, brawl, british-navy, cannon, captain, combat, commander, crew, cult-film, disarming-someone, explosion, falling-in-love, false-accusation, fight, fighting, fist-fight, fugitive, german-navy, harbor, hero,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:2.55 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Abbas, Abdullah as (uncredited) [News Photographer]
  2. Akins, Claude as (as Claude Akin) [Winkler] <15>
  3. Arness, James as [Schlieter] <6>
  4. Bartell, Victor as (uncredited) [News Photographer]
  5. Bender, Richard as (uncredited) [Dining Room Patron]
  6. Bettger, Lyle as [Chief Officer Kirchner] <4>
  7. Brischof, Kenneth as (uncredited) [British Sailor]
  8. Brooks, Joe (I) as (uncredited) [Seaman]
  9. Brown, Loren (I) as (uncredited) [Seaman]
  10. Coch, Edward as (uncredited) [Chilean Reporter]
  11. Colmans, Edward as (uncredited) [Hotel Manager]
  12. Creed, Roger as (uncredited) [Minor Role]
  13. Davalos, Richard as (as Dick Davalos) [Cadet Walter Stemme] <7>
  14. De Briac, Jean as (uncredited) [French Governor]
  15. Dodsworth, John as (uncredited) [British Officer of the Watch]
  16. Doucette, John (I) as [Bos'n] <16>
  17. Dyrenforth, Harold as (uncredited) [Dutch Reporter]
  18. Eustrel, Anthony as (uncredited) [British Vice-Admiral]
  19. Fairfax, James as (uncredited) [Signal Yeoman]
  20. Farrar, David (I) as [Commander Jeff Napier] <3>
  21. Fix, Paul as [Max Heinz] <9>
  22. Galindo, Nacho as (uncredited) [Minor Role]
  23. Gilmore, Lowell as [Captain Evans] <10>
  24. Gotch, Lee as (uncredited) [Singer]
  25. Graff, Wilton as [Counsel General Hepke] <13>
  26. Grant, A. Cameron as (uncredited) [Kruse]
  27. Hale Jr., Alan (I) as (as Alan Hale) [Wentz] <12>
  28. Holmes, Stuart as (uncredited) [Watchman]
  29. Hunter, Tab (I) as [Cadet Wesser] <5>
  30. Indrisano, John as (uncredited) [Sub-Lieutenant]
  31. Le Baron, Eddie as (uncredited) [News Photographer]
  32. Lee, Alan (I) as [Brounck] <17>
  33. Lee, Bill (IV) as (uncredited) [Singer]
  34. Lester, Bruce as (uncredited) [Petty Officer]
  35. Linn Jr., Ray as (uncredited) [Singer]
  36. Losee Jr., Frank as (uncredited) [Seaman]
  37. Lupino, Richard as (uncredited) [British Officer of the Watch]
  38. Mann, Hank (I) as (uncredited) [Norwegian Radio Listener]
  39. Muir, Gavin (I) as (uncredited) [British Officer of the Watch]
  40. O Hara, James (I) as (uncredited) [Sub-Lieutenant]
  41. O Malley, John (I) as (uncredited) [Hawkinson]
  42. O Moore, Patrick as (uncredited) [British Officer of the Watch]
  43. Owen, Tudor as (uncredited) [Trawler Survivor]
  44. Perkins, Gil (I) as (uncredited) [Baldhead]
  45. Qualen, John as [Chief Engineer Schmitt] <8>
  46. Ray, Joey (I) as (uncredited) [Sub-Lieutenant]
  47. Reeves, William (I) as (uncredited) [Singer]
  48. Robinson, Gail (III) as (uncredited) [Seaman]
  49. Sheffield, John (I) as (uncredited) [Dining Room Patron]
  50. Shrouder, Charles as (uncredited) [Singer]
  51. Stromsoe, Fred as (uncredited) [Mueller]
  52. Stuart, Gilchrist as (uncredited) [Fisherman]
  53. Travers, Tony (I) as (uncredited) [Sub-Lieutenant]
  54. Van Rooten, Luis as [Matz] <11>
  55. Wagenheim, Charles as (uncredited) [American Reporter]
  56. Wayne, John (I) as [Captain Karl Ehrlich] <1>
  57. Whitney, Peter (I) as [Bachman] <14>
  58. Williams, Adam (I) as (uncredited) [Kruger - Wireless Operator]
  59. Beltran, Alma as (uncredited) [Beautician]
  60. Dea, Gloria as (uncredited) [Señorita]
  61. Del Rey, Pilar as (uncredited) [Beautician]
  62. Dwan, Isabelle as (uncredited) [Señorita]
  63. Hoy, Renate as (uncredited) [Fraulein]
  64. Lucita as (uncredited) [Señorita]
  65. Parra, Josephine as (uncredited) [Señorita]
  66. Tudor, Teresa as (uncredited) [Fraulein]
  67. Turner, Lana as [Elsa Keller] <2>
  68. Wyler, Trude as (uncredited) [Maid]


  1. Action
  2. Drama
  3. War

Full Plot

As the Second World War breaks out, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich is about to leave Sydney, Australia with his vessel, the Ergenstrasse. Ehrlich, an anti-Nazi but proud German, hopes to outrun or out-maneuver the British warship pursuing him. Aboard his vessel is Elsa Keller, a woman Ehrlich has been ordered to return to Germany safely along with whatever secrets she carries. When Ehrlich's fiercely Nazi chief officer Kirchner commits an atrocity, the British pursuit becomes deadly. Jim Beaver Plot not found

Total Business


Movie Certificate

12 (West Germany)(f)
Atp (Argentina)
Approved (USA)(certificate #17276)
U (UK)(video rating) (1995) (1996)
K-16 (Finland)
15 (Sweden)
U (UK)
PG (Australia)

Music Composers

  1. Webb, Roy (I)


  1. Clothier, William H. (director of photography) (as William Clothier)


Afex Filmverleih [at] - (1956) (Austria) (theatrical)
Living Colour Entertainment [nl] - (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1955) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [de] - (1955) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [fr] - (1955) (France) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [nl] - (2005) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2005) (USA) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Marks, Owen (uncredited)
  2. Ziegler, William H. (as William Ziegler)


  1. Barry, Joe (III) (location manager) (uncredited)
  2. Benoit, Carl P. (location manager) (uncredited)
  3. Bonniwell, Charles (location auditor) (uncredited)
  4. Erbes, Robert (plumber) (uncredited)
  5. Faught, Ardon (first aid) (uncredited)
  6. Freedle, Sam (script supervisor) (uncredited)
  7. Parks, Jackson (publicist) (uncredited)
  8. Steiner, Eugene C. (radio operator) (uncredited)


Capt. Karl Ehrlich: I won't lie for you! Counsel General Hepke: Of course not! I wouldn't think of asking you to lie... you haven't had the proper diplomatic training. Capt. Karl Ehrlich: Did anyone ever tell you that you're beautiful when you're angry?

Other Titles

  1. Der See-Fuchs (1956) (ENG)

  2. Der Seefuchs (1955) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. Gli amanti dei cinque mari (1955) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Hawaii, USA
  2. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


- Prior to the start of filming in Hawaii, 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) went scuba diving and developed an ear infection. As a result, he was in severe pain for much of shooting. Many of Wayne's scenes could be shot only on his "good" side, since the infected ear was so swollen, and between takes he had to go lie down to rest from the pain.