Diane Cilento with Peter Finch during the making of the film
|Directed by||Roy Ward Baker|
|Produced by||Julian Wintle|
|Written by||Richard Armstrong (novel)|
|Music by||Clifton Parker|
|Edited by||Sidney Hayers|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
|April 1955 (UK)|
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.
- Anthony Steel as Second Mate Vosper
- Peter Finch as Captain Lucky Ryland
- Diane Cilento as Ruth Elton
- Cyril Cusack as Bohannon the steward
- Geoffrey Keen as Ike the bosun
- Hugh Griffith as Pettigrew
- Duncan Lamont as 1st Mate Llewellyn
- Gordon Jackson as Ted Burns
- Bryan Forbes as Shorty
- Michael Craig as Burton
- Robert Brown as Shane
- Martin Benson as Gutierres
- Patrick McGoohan as McIsaacs
- Michael Bryant as Stebbings
- Sam Kydd as Sheltia
- Glyn Houston as Charley Boy
- Patrick Westwood as Oglethorpe
- George Woodbridge as Yorkie
- "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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