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PT Raiders (1955)

The Ship That Died of Shame (original title)
A trio of ex-servicemen begin smuggling innocuous black market items into post-war Britain, but through greed they graduate to more sinister cargo.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Nicholas Monsarrat (from the story by), John Whiting (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... George Hoskins
George Baker ... Bill Randall
Bill Owen ... Birdie Dick
Virginia McKenna ... Helen Randall
Roland Culver ... Fordyce
Bernard Lee ... Sam Brewster,The Customs Officer
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Sir Richard
John Chandos John Chandos ... Raines
Harold Goodwin ... Second Customs Officer
John Longden ... The Detective
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Storyline

After intense wartime naval experiences a trio buy their old ship but then have to use it for smuggling and worse, before finally having to come to their senses. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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From the author and producers of "The Cruel Sea", another great tale of suspense and high adventure! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

PT Raiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Poole Harbour, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont - Kalee) (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Uncredited theatrical movie debut of David Langton (Man in Coastal Forces Club Bar). See more »

Goofs

When Raines comes out of the abandoned WW2 bunker, the left lens of his glasses appears to have a scratch. In subsequent shots, the scratch is gone. See more »

Quotes

Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: [referring to a suspicious-looking passenger] I wonder who the devil he is!
George Hoskins: Let's just say 500 quid and leave it at that!
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in Britain at 91 minutes; an alternate, re-edited version titled "PT Raiders" was released in the USA at 78 minutes. See more »

Soundtracks

We'll Meet Again
(uncredited)
Written by Hugh Charles and Ross Parker
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Well worth watching
24 January 2013 | by robertasmithSee all my reviews

Despie my interest in post war films and all things Naval, I have not heard of this film. How I have missed it is beyond me.

George Baker is fantastic as the lead and Bill Owen, known to me as Compo, is a revelation. Richard Attenborough is perfect as always and the roles played by Bernard Lee and Virginia McKenna are small but superb.

I must now read the book to see how the author handled the many strands and ending, which is a little disappointing in the film. Few people in today's Britain understand the stress and strain on on those demobbed at the end of WW2 but I suspect that with growing redundancies of front line troops in Afghanistan, the stories and threads explored in this film will strike a modern chord.


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