Sons of the Sea (film)

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Sons of the Sea
"Sons of the Sea" (1939).jpg
British trade ad
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Produced by K.C. Alexander
Written by George Barraud
Gerald Elliott (screenplay) (as W.G. Elliott)
Maurice Elvey (screenplay)
Reginald Long (dialogue)
D. William Woolf (scenario)
Starring Leslie Banks
Kay Walsh
Mackenzie Ward
Cecil Parker
Cinematography Eric Cross
Edited by Douglas Myers
British Consolidated
Distributed by Grand National Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • 1 September 1940 (1940-09-01)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sons of the Sea is a 1939 British colour drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Leslie Banks, Kay Walsh, Mackenzie Ward and Cecil Parker.[1][2]


Britain, 1939. The head of Dartmouth Naval College is murdered. His successor, Captain Hyde, believes that he was in fact the intended target of the assassination. He soon begins to realise that both British and foreign intelligence agents are at work. He enlists the help of his son, a reluctant sea cadet, to smoke them out.



The film was made shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, something explored in the themes of the film. Unusually for the time, it was made entirely in colour; it was the only feature film to do so using the Dufaycolor process.[3][4]

It was restored and shown on BBC television in 2005.[5]


  1. ^ Marlburian (23 December 1939). "Sons of the Sea (1939)". IMDb. 
  2. ^ "Sons of the Sea (1939)". BFI. 
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Cinematography Tour". 
  4. ^ "Sons of the Sea". 
  5. ^ MJ Simpson. "MJ Simpson: film reviews and interviews". 

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