The Sea Chase, John Farrow (1955)

John Wayne’s an anti-Nazi captain of a German tramp steamer stuck in Sydney harbor at the declaration of war. Though no Nazi, Wayne decides he’s no traitor, either, and so’s determined to get back to the fatherland. What ensues is a weird hodgepodge of naval adventure, glamour shots of the conveniently stranded German spy Lana Turner (for whose affections Wayne must battle his wicked weasel of a second in command), and a war for public opinion after Wayne becomes, to his own chagrin, a cause celebre for his cunning in outwitting the Brits. Finally not really satifying as a war picture, a love story, or a commentary on the fourth estate, though there are reasonable efforts in each of these directions.

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