In 1940 the oil tanker San Demetrio, half torn apart by U-boat torpedoes but still somehow afloat, was valiantly rescued by a handful of its crew and steered home through treacherous Atlantic waters. Charles Frend’s admirable second feature takes a true story of wartime heroism and, without sensationalism, shapes it into something approaching national myth (the damaged but defiant ship stands for Britain). It’s Ealing’s most potent and inspiring fusion of propaganda, documentary and people’s war ideals.
- Charles Frend
- Arthur Young, Walter Fitzgerald, Ralph Michael, Neville Mapp, Barry Letts, Michael Allen, Frederick Piper, Herbert Cameron, John Owers, Gordon Jackson, Robert Beatty, Charles Victor, James McKechnie, John Coyle, Duncan McIntyre
- 104 min