Passage Home

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Passage Home
Diane Cilento with Peter Finch.jpg
Diane Cilento with Peter Finch during the making of the film
Directed byRoy Ward Baker
Produced byJulian Wintle
Written byRichard Armstrong (novel)
William Fairchild
StarringAnthony Steel
Peter Finch
Diane Cilento
Music byClifton Parker
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth
Edited bySidney Hayers
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
April 1955 (UK)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Passage Home is a 1955 British drama film directed by Roy Ward Baker.


Captain Lucky Ryland (Peter Finch) is about to retire. There is a flashback of several years to a voyage on a ship he was captaining from South America. He is forced to give a lift to a British governess, Ruth Elton (Diane Cilento), who is returning home. Both Ryland and his first mate, Vosper (Anthony Steel), fall for Ruth. Ryland proposes to Ruth and when she turns down his offer he tries to rape her in his cabin but she is rescued by Vosper. The ship, crew and Ruth survive a very severe storm in which Vosper saves Ruth's life outside on deck after which Ruth and Vosper first realize that they are in love with each other.

After the voyage Ruth and Vosper are married and do not meet Ryland again until his Retirement Function. Ryland finally leaves his Retirement Function in a Taxi. The film ends with Ruth looking at Ryland in tears because she still has feelings for Ryland after all of the years and despite him once trying to rape her.

There is a subplot about the dissatisfaction of the ship's crew with the supply of rotten potatoes which Ryland has bought cheaply simply to save money. The potatoes are dumped overboard and Ryland is determined to find out who is responsible by offering the crew £5 for any information as to who did it. It turns out this was done by Shorty (Bryan Forbes) but Ike the bosun (Geoffrey Keen), who later dies and is buried at sea, covers for him saying that he did it because although always pretending to be a very hard bosun he actually cares very much about his crew.



The film was shot at Pinewood Studios.[1]


  1. ^ "Victor Valentine pays a visit to Australian Stars IN LONDON". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 22 January 1955. p. 46. Retrieved 11 February 2012.

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