The Ship That Died of Shame (1955)

“I know about ships. They’re wood and metal and nothing else. They don’t have souls. They don’t have wills of their own. And they don’t talk back.” – Bill Randall

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Following World War II, a group of formal sailors find ways to smuggle contraband into England.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about beforehand.

The cats intrigued me to want to see what it was all about.

The trio of lead actors are al great and they are able to show a kind of camaraderie that men create following tense experiences during war time.

Richard Attenborough, George Baker and Bill Owen are all cats really well in these roles and help make us believe things even more.

The story plays out in a pretty predictable way that takes away from the thrilling aspects of the film.

They do a nice job showing how life was like in post war Eng;and and how men sought out work that could be done based on experiences that they dealt with during the war just a few years earlier.

They are able to show how greed and ambition can lead people in directions that they never expected to turn to.

The story does drag a bit in the middle which also takes away from things a bit too much.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that drags along slightly too much. The cast is great and Attenborough, Baker and Owen are all great in their roles. We can understand the camaraderie between them because of how things play out. The story allows us to get a better idea of how things were in post war England and how men would seek out ways to make ends meet based on their experiences during the war. The plot is a bit too predictable for its own good and that hurts things far too much.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Three ex-Navy MTBs were used to play the part of 1087. After filming, one of them, ex-Polish Navy S-10 really was used for smuggling and it eventually sank in the Mediterranean. The story is told by the Captain, Hugh Edwards, in his book “Midnight Trader”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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