The Wreck of the Mary Deare (film)

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The Wreck of the Mary Deare
The Wreck of the Mary Deare FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by Julian Blaustein
Screenplay by Eric Ambler
Based on The Wreck of the Mary Deare
(1956 novel)
 
by Hammond Innes
Starring Gary Cooper
Charlton Heston
Michael Redgrave
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Eda Warren
Production
  company
Blaustein-Baroda
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s)
  • November 6, 1959 (1959-11-06)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $2,596,000[1]
Box office $2,815,000[1][2]

The Wreck of the Mary Deare is a 1959 Metrocolor (in CinemaScope) British-American thriller film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Cecil Parker, Richard Harris and John Le Mesurier, based upon the novel by Hammond Innes.

Synopsis[edit]

A merchant marine captain, Gideon Patch (Gary Cooper) decides to stay aboard a sinking ship, in order to prove that it was sabotaged to collect insurance on cargo that had secretly been off-loaded at Rangoon.

Background[edit]

The novel was optioned by MGM with the intention of having Alfred Hitchcock direct and Cooper star. Hitchcock had long wanted to work with Cooper, but after developing the script with Ernest Lehman for several weeks, they concluded that it couldn't be done without turning the movie into "a boring courtroom drama". They abandoned the idea and started a new story which eventually became North by Northwest.[3]

The task of adapting the novel passed to Eric Ambler. British director, Michael Anderson took over for Hitchcock. The cast included Cooper as Patch, and Charlton Heston as Sands, with Richard Harris and Sir Michael Redgrave in supporting roles. Critics generally agree that the finished film matches Hitchcock and Lehman's prediction.[4][5]

Cast[edit]

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,165,000 in the US and Canada and $1,650,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $1,475,000.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ US and Canada figures at "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  3. ^ Patrick McGilligan, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), pg. 543, 548-549
  4. ^ Glenn Erickson's review of The Wreck of Mary Deare DVD [1]
  5. ^ DVD Journal review of The Wreck of the Mary Deare

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