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Sailor of the King (1953)





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Jeffrey Hunter plays a young British sailor, the out-of-wedlock son of a high-ranking naval officer (Michael Rennie). Hunter's ship is torpedoed, leaving him stranded on a German-occupied island. Armed with only a rifle, Hunter is able to shoot at a German cruiser docked for repairs, and to slow down its departure. The British Navy then moves in and sinks the ship. Hunter is decorated for valor by the squadron commander--his own father. Though set during World War II, Sailor of the King was adapted from C. S. Forester's World War I novel Brown on Resolution (previously filmed in 1935, with John Mills in the lead). This 1953 20th Century-Fox production was released in Britain as Single Handed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Michael Rennie
as Capt. Richard Saville
Wendy Hiller
as Lucinda Bentley
Jeffrey Hunter
as Leading Signalman Andrew "Buster" Brown
Bernard Lee
as Petty Officer Wheatley
Peter van Eyck
as Kapitan von Falk
Patrick Barr
as Capt. Ashley
John Horsley
as Cmdr. Willis
Robin Bailey
as Lt. Stafford
James Copeland
as Cmdr. Laughton
Victor Maddern
as Signalman "Misery" Earnshaw
Sam Kydd
as Naval Rating
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A tacked-on prologue and an equally synthetic conclusion are oddly out of key with the stirring simplicity of the central story...

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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