Watch: The Sea Shall Not Have Them 1954 123movies, Full Movie Online – During autumn 1944, a Royal Air Force Hudson carrying a very important passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft’s dinghy talk about their lives awaiting the rescue they hope will come. This movie’s title reflects the motto of the R.A.F.’s Air Sea Rescue Service, one of whose high speed launches battles against its own mechanical problems, enemy action, time, and the weather to locate and rescue the downed crew and the vital secret papers they carry..
Plot: During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft’s dinghy talk about their lives awaiting the rescue they hope will come. The film’s title reflects the motto of the RAF’s Air Sea Rescue Service, one of whose high speed launches battles against its own mechanical problems, enemy action, time and the weather to locate and rescue the downed crew and the vital secret papers they carry.
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A good movie with an outstanding cast…..!
I found this movie to be much better than some of the reviews here would suggest….. there are a lot of big names and well known faces acting in this movie….. most of the cast were big and or well known at the time of making and for that reason alone this movie should be watched….. as some others have said this is a similar subject to the movie Those in peril…. however, for me this movie is much better… What I enjoyed most was recognising how patrol routine and patrol duty generally is in the most part about boredom and trying to pass the time until the boat gets back to base…. and how that boredom or rather lack of action can allow individuals to not be as diligent as they should, like for example the engineer/fitter in charge of the engines who cut corners to save time during a routine engine repair and how this decision effected the efforts of the boat crew to find lost or downed pilots, the movie portrays this lapse in crew members responsibilities and highlights just how such small details overlooked or ignored can seriously effect and have consequences for people involved across the whole operation. From the head of the search operations at base, or the crew of the downed plane and the important passenger they were carrying when they were downed and the extremely vital information that passenger had recovered from occupied territory in Europe and that must be got back to England ASAP to help prevent new versions of the V1 and V2 missiles that the German scientists had designed to increase damage and destruction across England and strategic locations as well as targets of civilians and more Importantly their morale…. (a suggestion to the Super Weapons that Hitler kept believing would at the very least allow for a truce and a peace settlement without surrender to the allies)….
I think some reviewers are missing what this movie is trying to portray….. for me anyway….. that is the continuous monotony for many, especially so close to the end of the war, of such sea rescue patrols…. this for me is highlighted or more obvious from the scenes involving the Entertainment Officer at the base and his discussions with the CO responsible for finding and retrieving the vital information and the important passenger before the Germans do…. whilst the CO is under pressure from the powers that be and his own personal determination to find and rescue the downed crew… he is being asked to approve somewhat irrelevant and mundane plans such as preparing and informing service personnel for civilian life and dealing with small issues like petty theft or rather theft by finding (as it was called)
I think most veterans from all arms of the military would recognise what this story is most focussed on…. it is neither about any one individual in the cast or about providing the viewer with wild excitement and action…. there is both in this movie but the main plot for me is about the way monotony and routine can influence the individuals decision making and the consequences for that on others…!
I am still surprised at just how many well known (at the time)….. Budget wise the cast salaries would be enormous comparatively to the level of this movie… so I do ask myself if favours were called in or if there was some kind official patronage say from the military or some other person or organisation….
Other than the last ten minutes, this was rather dull.
I was quite interesting before watching this film since it involved a very important part of the war effort that was responsible for rescue of downed planes and sunken ships. But had it not been for the ending, not much really happened in this 92 minute film. It had all the wrappings of a mid 1950 movie but failed to include enough action to make the viewer enjoy the adventure.
The movie centered around a plane that had been shot down with the crew having to abandon the plane and get into a rubber raft. And with little time to send a signal, all the authorities know is a wide area where the plane was possibly located. Now a small rescue ship is on the way to see if they can spot possible survivors of a mission that was considered value to the war effort. Even though the concept was interesting, the script for the most part was uneventful.
There is not much excitement about a rescue boat that breaks down in the middle of the ocean and accomplishes nothing while they wait for the boat to be repaired. While in the meantime, the camera keeps returning to the British Naval offices where a woman is pining when no word is heard about the whereabouts of the plane’s crew where she has a loved one aboard. Then back to the raft where cold and mental anguish is affecting everyone.
The final scenes do bring some adventure and suspense but it was almost too little too late. Not really a bad film but one that would have been much better with something other than dialog over three quarters of the movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 31 min (91 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, War
Director Lewis Gilbert
Writer Lewis Gilbert, John Harris, Vernon Harris
Actors Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.65 : 1 (intended ratio), 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm