The Sea Shall Not Have Them
|The Sea Shall Not Have Them|
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|Directed by||Lewis Gilbert|
|Produced by||Daniel M. Angel|
|Written by||Lewis Gilbert
based on the book by
|Music by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Edited by||Russell Lloyd|
|Distributed by||Eros Films (UK)
United Artists (USA)
|30 November 1954|
The Sea Shall Not Have Them is a 1954 British war film starring Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde and Anthony Steel. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and is based on the 1953 novel by John Harris, set during the Second World War. Musical soundtrack by composer Malcolm Arnold. The film title is the motto of the Royal Air Force's Air Sea Rescue Service.
A British aircraft is forced to ditch in the North Sea. Taking to the dinghy with the crew is an Air Commodore with secret German plans. An RAF Air Sea Rescue launch is deployed to the search, struggling against bad weather, mechanical problems and a fire in the galley.
- Michael Redgrave as Air Commodore Waltby
- Dirk Bogarde as Flight Sergeant Mackay
- Anthony Steel as Flying Officer Treherne
- Nigel Patrick as Flight Sergeant Singsby
- Bonar Colleano as Sergeant Kirby
- James Kenney as Corporal Skinner
- Sydney Tafler as Corporal Robb
- Griffith Jones as Group Captain Todd
- Jack Watling as Flying Officer Harding
- Guy Middleton as Squadron Leader Scott
- Ian Whittaker as A.C.2 Milliken
- Paul Carpenter as Lt. Patrick Boyle, Sea Otter Pilot
- George Rose as Tebbitt
- Victor Maddern as Gus Westover
- Eddie Byrne as Petty Officer Porter
- Anton Diffring as German Pilot
- Gudrun Ure as Kirby's Fiancee
- Rachel Kempson as Mrs. Waltby
- Joan Sims as Hilda Tebbitt
- Michael Balfour as Dray
- Nigel Green as Met. Officer Howard
- Glyn Houston as Knox
- Moultrie Kelsall as Wing Commander Dixon
- Jack Lambert as Squadron Leader Craig
- Michael Ripper as Botterhill
The film's title seemed ironic to Noël Coward. Referring to the film's title, Coward once said of the film's two male stars, "I don't see why not. Everyone else has."  Redgrave was reportedly bisexual, while Bogarde was homosexual.
The film was shot in Riverside Studios, and Felixstowe, Suffolk.
This film was one of several films about war that Lewis Gilbert would make in England. He followed this film up with others set in World War II, including Reach For The Sky and Sink the Bismarck!, both starring Kenneth More. He also directed H.M.S. Defiant, which, in contrast, was set during the Age of Sail, along with The 7th Dawn, which was set in revolutionary racked Malaysia after the Second World War, with William Holden, Capucine, and Susannah York.
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