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During World War II Captain Armitage is returning home after a long tour of duty with his crew aboard the Flagship. When they reach port a dashing young officer arrives asking to urgently speak to the Captain. But the two men are not strangers, for the new recruit is the man who broke up Captain Armitage's marriage and ran away with his wife. He delivers the Captain new orders, he and his crew must set an urgent course to intercept and escort a fleet of merchantmen back to England. When one ship fails to join the Convoy Captain Armitage is distraught when he realises the ship, which is being directly threatened by the Nazis, carries his ex-wife among its passengers.
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The film a s the war war was raging so they took a risk it gives you an impression what the sailors were like in those days
Royal Navy light cruiser HMS "Apollo" and her screen of destroyers are escorting a convoy in the North Sea. The skipper, Captain Tom Armitage (Clive Brooks) and his recently affected 1st Officer, Lt. David Cranford (John Clements) have a very uncomfortable relationship as there is a lot of history between them - and in fact it seems that Cranford was affected to HMS "Apollo" because somebody in the Admiralty wanted to get back at Armitage... Considering the circumstances they have to bite their lips and try to make it through this period of forced cohabitation... Their task will not be easy, as not only the convoy is attacked by the U-Boats but also is stalked by a German raider, the "Deutschland", a ship much more powerful than HMS "Apollo" and the destroyers... To complicate things further, one of ships from the convoy, an old dilapidated tramp, keeps lagging behind...
This is an old film, made with a little budget and low technology for military propaganda purposes, and yet, it actually can be still watched with interest. Quite a lot of real war time pictures were included showing destroyers and cruisers really firing in anger and there are even some pre-war shots of the real "Deutschland". The scenario includes a couple of rather impossible things, but for most of the time the story is actually plausible. Germans are of course shown as total caricatures, but at least they know how to shoot and they sure inflict a lot of damage in this film... The courage of pilots of seaplanes, catapulted from ships and flying vulnerable machines over vast, bad tempered and very cold sea, without ever being certain if there will be somebody to pick them up at their return, is particularly well shown.
The fight against pocket battleship "Deutschland" is an especialy good moment of this film. It was clearly inspired by the real sortie of "Deutschland" against allied shipping in 1939, during which she sunk two civilian cargo ships and captured a third, but also by the battle of the River Plate (13 December 1939), in which three British cruisers engaged her sister ship, "Admiral Graf Spee". I am not saying here anything about the issue of the battle shown in "Convoy"...
To finish with the REAL story of this powerful German ship, let's also say that in 1940 she was renamed "Lutzow". The reason for it was first to avoid negative morale effect should she be sunk - one can only imagine the titles in allied press: "Deutschland destroyed!". The name "Lutzow" was given to ex-"Deutschland" as the tribute to battle cruiser "Lutzow" lost at Jutland battle in 1916 - this name also just became available, as Kriegsmarine's unfinished heavy cruiser "Lutzow" was sold in 1940 to Soviet Union. This change of name brought luck to ex-"Deutschland", as she survived almost all the war, before being very seriously damaged on 13 April 1945 by RAF bombers and ultimately scuttled by her own crew on 4 May 1945.
The name "Apollo" was given to no less than nine ships of Royal Navy until now, beginning with a French frigate captured in 1747 and renamed HMS "Apollo" and ending with the missile armed Leander-class modern frigate commissioned as HMS "Apollo" in 1970 - this last ship was sold in 1988 to Pakistan and served in this country navy under the name of "Zulfiqar", until she was retired in service and expended as target in 2010. There was indeed a light cruiser named HMS "Apollo" commissionned in Royal Navy in 1934, but in 1938, two years before this film was made, she was transferred to Royal Australian Navy and renamed HMS "Hobart" - she later served with great distinction in Pacific War. Therefore, in 1940, when this film was made, there was no ship named HMS "Apollo" in Royal Navy - the name was used again only in 1943 and given to a fast large minelayer of Abdiel-class.
There are three U-Boats in this film - "U-37", "U-40" and "U-42" - and they all really existed. One of them is sunk in the film, but I am not saying which one it is. Let's however be said, that in the real life the two U-Boats which survive this film were already on the bottom on the sea since 1939, and that the U-Boat which is sunk in this film was actually the only one of the three to survive the whole war...)))
Three real Royal Navy destroyers were used to make this film: HMS "Imogen", HMS "Isis" and HMS "Griffin". Only the last survived the war...
One thing which I found in the same time exotic and familiar in this film was a scene with East-European refugees who travel on one of the ships in the convoy. At one moment they start singing in a language which I completely couldn't understand or for that matter recognize, but the melody, well, being Polish myself I recognized it immediately - it is a popular old Polish tune "Krakowiaczek jeden" ("A little guy from Cracow"), still used a lot as a jingle on the radio...)))
Actors playing the main roles are nowadays completely forgotten, but if you make a little effort and have a look at secondary characters, you will be able to identify Stewart Granger who at that time was still a struggling young thespian...
All in all, this is a rather interesting cinematographic curiosity to discover - and also a useful reminder of how hard and cruel were for the allies the first three and a half years of Battle of Atlantic, until the turning point of spring 1943... ENJOY!
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