The Wreck of the Mary Deare (film)
|The Wreck of the Mary Deare|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Anderson|
|Produced by||Julian Blaustein|
|Screenplay by||Eric Ambler|
|Based on||The Wreck of the Mary Deare
by Hammond Innes
|Music by||George Duning|
|Edited by||Eda Warren|
|Running time||105 minutes|
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.
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.
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.
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. There were long delays in filming due to Gary Cooper's ill health, although he was not diagnosed with cancer until the spring of 1960.
- Gary Cooper as Gideon Patch
- Charlton Heston as John Sands
- Michael Redgrave as Mr Nyland
- Emlyn Williams as Sir Wilfred Falcett
- Cecil Parker as The Chairman
- Alexander Knox as Petrie
- Virginia McKenna as Janet Taggart
- Richard Harris as Higgins
- Ben Wright as Mike
- Peter Illing as Gunderson
- Terence De Marney as Frank
- Charles Davis as Yules, Quartermaster on Mary Deare
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.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- 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.
- Patrick McGilligan, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), pg. 543, 548-549
- Glenn Erickson's review of The Wreck of Mary Deare DVD 
- DVD Journal review of The Wreck of the Mary Deare
- The Wreck of the Mary Deare at the Internet Movie Database
- The Wreck of the Mary Deare at the TCM Movie Database
- The Wreck of the Mary Deare at Allmovie
- The Wreck of the Mary Deare at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Wreck of the Mary Deare.htm The Wreck of the Mary Deare at Box Office Mojo
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