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Friday, May 30, 2008

THE SEA CHASE (1955)


This WWII drama has an unusually good set up that neither cast, script or director quite capitalize on. John Wayne plays a fiercely anti-Nazi German captain stuck in Australia when war is declared. Rather than be interned for the duration, he slips out of harbor with his crew. Also on board is a miscast Lana Turner as a Mata Hari who just missed marrying Wayne’s Brit pal David Farrar, which gives that gent two reasons to give chase. There’s a stars-of-tomorrow supporting cast in James Arness, Alan Hale, Jr, Claude Akins, plus Richard Davaldos & Tab Hunter as boyfriends (director John Farrow liked his little jokes), but the film though competently made, never develops much momentum. Someone even made the excellent (and rare) decision not to work up German accents since they’re all supposed to be German, ya?

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