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The Sea Chase(1955)

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Voice-over narration by David Farrar as the character "Napier," and delivered in the style of a personal reminiscence, is heard intermittently throughout the film. At the end of the film, the fate of characters "Karl" and "Elsa" are left uncertain, and Farrar concludes by asking: "Had the sea taken them or had they reached the nearby shore, where the fjords could hide a secret?...Knowing Karl as I did, I have my own opinion." An acknowledgment at the end of the film expresses gratitude to the "people of the islands" and "the Royal Canadian Navy for their assistance in the making of the picture." Actor Claude Akins' onscreen credit reads "Claude Akin." Although the Caribbean and Mexican coastline were scouted as possible location sites for the shooting of The Sea Chase, the Motion Picture Herald review and Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts reported that portions of the film were shot around the Hawaiian Islands.
       Although he is not credited onscreen, Frank S. Nugent is listed on the CBCS and a June 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item as one of the film's screenwriters. Hollywood Reporter news items add Webb Overlander and Henri Letondal to the cast, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed. An Hollywood Reporter news item also reported that Michael Pate was cast; however, he did not appear in the final film. M-G-M loaned Lana Turner to Warner Bros. for the production. The song she sang in the film, "Steh' Ich im Finster Mitternacht," also known as "Treue Liebe," was a German song given English words for The Sea Chase. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, John Wayne was hospitalized twice for an ear infection during filming, and actors Paul Fix and Luis Van Rooten suffered infections brought on by skin diving.