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5.0 out of 5 stars Karl Ehrlich just wants to go home
This story is told secondhand by Cmd. Jeff Napier as he recalls it. So it is one long flashback with narration.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich (John Wayne) is the German captain of a tramp steamer in an Australian harbor. Cmd. Jeff Napier an old friend is showing off his new fiancée Elsa Keller (Lana Turner). From their eye movement it looks as though the captain and Elsa...
Published on 23 Aug. 2005 by bernie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good movie, Lana turner is in one of her ...
Quite a good movie , Lana turner is in one of her best , suiting herself .John Wane is all ways tyhe same runch man ! I found him , rather sluggish for this role ? I got the film for David Farrar , and went through all the length just to watch a bit of him at the end of the movie batteling his rival in all sence ! he was good in Narrative and play ! what a pity he had...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karl Ehrlich just wants to go home, 23 Aug. 2005
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This story is told secondhand by Cmd. Jeff Napier as he recalls it. So it is one long flashback with narration.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich (John Wayne) is the German captain of a tramp steamer in an Australian harbor. Cmd. Jeff Napier an old friend is showing off his new fiancée Elsa Keller (Lana Turner). From their eye movement it looks as though the captain and Elsa know each other. When the commander steps out, Karl confronts Elsa with her past and sends her packing.
Things heat up pretty fast from here. Even though the captain is an old naval officer he was dismissed when he opposed the Nazi régime. But he is still a German nationalist. With the invasion of Poland Australia is dragged into the war leavening Karl with only a small chance of sneaking the ship out in the fog. At the last minute the German Consulate hands him one of their best agents (spies). One guess as to who that agent may be.
Now the chase is on and Cmd. Jeff Napier has a professional and personal reason to track down Karl before he reaches Germany.
The real story is that of the action between the different members of the crew. The nature of the agent adds complications to the voyage. And there is a conflict of morals aboard.
Will Capt. Karl Ehrlich make it home?
Or will Cmd. Jeff Napier blow him out of the water?
What becomes of Elsa?
"What flag is that sir? It does not have a swastika."
"That is the German Imperial Battle Flag"
A fun side interest in this movie is that instead of the standard John Wane repertoire of actors, this is an interesting mix including, Tab Hunter, James Arness, and Claude Akins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Romance On The High Seas, 12 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: The Sea Chase [Region 2] [import] (DVD)
John Wayne plays, in this watchable adventure, a German sea captain, demoted to a tramp steamer for his anti-Nazi views (cornily and inevitably!), who is in Sydney when "the balloon goes up" and war is about to be declared. His friend, a British naval officer, visits his ship in port and shows off his lush girlfriend (Lana Turner -- what a babe!), who is in reality a German spy. Wayne has "known" her in the past as being a girl of "colourful" history and makes this known to his friend, who is henceforth not a friend! Wayne, Lana, the Nazi spy, extremist First Officer and crew all slip out of port, pursued by the British. On a normally uninhabited island, a maritime rescue station, the First Officer murders the mariners there and steals their supplies. Wayne is blamed by the British and the transworld chase is on...

A fairly intelligent film, despite the Hollywood-filmic inevitability of the Nazi First Officer being both sadist and coward. The film was made in the 1950's, closer to WW2 itself and before the advent of such as Spielberg, so the fantasy propaganda takes a back seat. The sea scenes are well filmed and the ending imaginative. Worth seeing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blood alley/sea chase, 17 April 2012
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although the box is in german this does not detract from the filme and you can choose which language to watch these films in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good movie, Lana turner is in one of her ..., 25 Jan. 2015
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Quite a good movie , Lana turner is in one of her best , suiting herself .John Wane is all ways tyhe same runch man ! I found him , rather sluggish for this role ? I got the film for David Farrar , and went through all the length just to watch a bit of him at the end of the movie batteling his rival in all sence ! he was good in Narrative and play ! what a pity he had not a greater chance in Holly wood ! But I am glad I purchased it
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sea Chase, 4 Mar. 2013
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I recommend those who are interested in naval warfare to see this film. This film is purely for entertainment and not of any historical background. Still, navy/sea warfare buffs will enjoy the story of the pursuit by a British destroyer of a German merchant ship across several oceans. I rather enjoyed it as I like older films and a fan of John Wayne and Lana Turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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Brilliant and difficult to find product. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Flying Deutsch-man, 17 Nov. 2008
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John Wayne in an unusual role here as a German sea-captain demoted from the Kriegsmarine proper to an ocean tramp steamer for being anti-Hitler. In Sydney, a day or so before Britain declared war on Germany (dragging its Australasian tails behind it), the good captain decides to run for it, low on fuel and food. Lana Turner, as a VERY glamorous German spy, comes along for the ride. Needless to say, the one convinced National Socialist on board, the First Officer, is also a cowardly killer! Well, that's life and the victors write the history...

I believe that this film may have been very loosely based on a series of actual events; not sure about that though. A well-made film, beautifully filmed in glowing colour. Worth seeing and keeping. One cannot imagine a film like this (made in the 1950's) being allowed today, in the present "Spielbergian" era where Germans of that period pretty much have to be brutal, psychotic, wicked etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sea Chase, 28 July 2013
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Was a bit dubious about import, but no need to worry even after it came with the cover in another language. Film quality was very good and was in Engish. Another one for my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE SEA CHASE, 23 Jun. 2012
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THE DVD VIDEO THE SEA CHASE WAS VERY WELL PACKED AND SEALED THE DVD VIDEO THE SEA CHASE IS A VERY GOOD QUALITY PICTURE AND SOUND
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well pleased, no complaints thanks, 1 Dec. 2014
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Well pleased , no complaints thanks.
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