German naval officer Karl Ehrlich loves his country but hates Hitler. Busted to the command of a lowly freighter docked in Australia as World War II erupts, Ehrlich must choose: be interned by the British or sail to Germany so his men can determine their own fates. On a foggy night, Ehrlich decides — and casts off! John Wayne as Ehrlich and Lana Turner as a woman forced into Nazi espionage are a formidable romantic team in this harrowing adventure directed by John Farrow (Wake Island, Hondo). Through a relentless high-seas pursuit, Ehrlich drives his exhausted men (James Arness, Tab Hunter and others). The pursuing British have the navy that rules the waves. The freighter Ergenstrasse has the Duke. Any action fan knows that's an even — and exciting match!

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The Sea Chase (1955)

War/Action/Drama · 1h 57m · 6/4/1955

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He was a skipper sworn never to be taken! She was the fuse of his floating time-bomb!

Description

German naval officer Karl Ehrlich loves his country but hates Hitler. Busted to the command of a lowly freighter docked in Australia as World War II erupts, Ehrlich must choose: be interned by the British or sail to Germany so his men can determine their own fates. On a foggy night, Ehrlich decides — and casts off! John Wayne as Ehrlich and Lana Turner as a woman forced into Nazi espionage are a formidable romantic team in this harrowing adventure directed by John Farrow (Wake Island, Hondo). Through a relentless high-seas pursuit, Ehrlich drives his exhausted men (James Arness, Tab Hunter and others). The pursuing British have the navy that rules the waves. The freighter Ergenstrasse has the Duke. Any action fan knows that's an even — and exciting match!

Where to Watch

Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Warner Bros
Cast
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John Wayne

Captain Karl Ehrlich
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Lana Turner

Elsa Keller
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David Farrar

Commander Jeff Napier
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Lyle Bettger

Chief Officer Kirchner
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Tab Hunter

Cadet Wesser
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James Arness

Schlieter
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Richard Davalos

Cadet Walter Stemme (as Dick Davalos)
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John Qualen

Chief Engineer Schmitt
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Paul Fix

Max Heinz
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Lowell Gilmore

Captain Evans
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Luis Van Rooten

Matz
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Alan Hale Jr.

Wentz (as Alan Hale)
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Wilton Graff

Counsel General Hepke
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Peter Whitney

Bachman
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Claude Akins

Winkler (as Claude Akin)
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John Doucette

Bos'n
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Alan Lee

Brounck
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Abdullah Abbas

News Photographer (uncredited)
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Victor Bartell

News Photographer (uncredited)
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Alma Beltran

Beautician (uncredited)
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Richard Bender

Dining Room Patron (uncredited)
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Kenneth Brischof

British Sailor (uncredited)
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Joe Brooks

Seaman (uncredited)
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Loren Brown

Seaman (uncredited)
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Edward Coch

Chilean Reporter (uncredited)
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Edward Colman

Hotel Mnager (uncredited)
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Roger Creed

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Jean De Briac

French Governor (uncredited)
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Gloria Dea

Señorita (uncredited)
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Pilar Del Rey

Beautician (uncredited)
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John Dodsworth

British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
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Isabelle Dwan

Señorita (uncredited)
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Harold Dyrenforth

Dutch Reporter (uncredited)
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Anthony Eustrel

British Vice-Admiral (uncredited)
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James Fairfax

Signal Yeoman (uncredited)
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Nacho Galindo

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Lee Gotch

Singer (uncredited)
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A. Cameron Grant

Kruse (uncredited)
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Stuart Holmes

Watchman (uncredited)
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Renate Hoy

Fraulein (uncredited)
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John Indrisano

Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Eddie Le Baron

News Photographer (uncredited)
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Bill Lee

Singer (uncredited)
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Bruce Lester

Petty Officer (uncredited)
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Ray Linn Jr.

Singer (uncredited)
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Frank Losee Jr.

Seaman (uncredited)
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Lucita

Señorita (uncredited)
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Richard Lupino

British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
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Gavin Muir

British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
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James O'Hara

Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
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John O'Malley

Hawkinson (uncredited)
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Patrick O'Moore

British Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
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Tudor Owen

Trawler Survivor (uncredited)
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Josephine Parra

Señorita (uncredited)
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Gil Perkins

Baldhead (uncredited)
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Joey Ray

Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
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William Reeves

Singer (uncredited)
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Gail Robinson

Seaman (uncredited)
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John Sheffield

Dining Room Patron (uncredited)
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Charles Shrouder

Singer (uncredited)
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Fred Stromsoe

Mueller (uncredited)
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Gilchrist Stuart

Fisherman (uncredited)
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Tony Travers

Sub-Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Teresa Tudor

Fraulein (uncredited)
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Charles Wagenheim

American Reporter (uncredited)
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Adam Williams

Kruger - Wireless Operator (uncredited)
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Trude Wyler

Maid (uncredited)
Crew
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John Farrow

Director
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James Warner Bellah

Writer
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John Twist

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Sea Chase

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/3/2005

Disc Title Front Cover

The Sea Chase

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

2/1/2006

Disc Title Front Cover

The Sea Chase

(DVD)

5/22/2007

Disc Title Front Cover

The Sea Chase

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

7/11/2017

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