Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

Director: Michael Anderson

Writers: Eric Ambler, Hammond Innes

Composer: George Duning

Starring: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams, Cecil Parker, Alexander Knox, Virginia McKenna, Richard Harris, John Le Mesurier

More info: IMDb

Tagline: From the great suspense Best Seller about the ghost ship Mary Deare!

Plot: A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

At first I wasn't sure what kind of picture this was going to be.  We spend a lot of time Patch (Cooper) and Sands (Heston) alone on the ship.  Then things happen and it goes off somewhere else and it was a good somewhere else.  There's a little bit of tension, a lot of mystery and a good deal of deception but it all works.  The performances are good and it's got a good mix of action and drama.  It's neat seeing Richard Harris in the first year of his making movies.  He plays a swell creep, too.  Then there's Gary Cooper at the end of his career before he died (he had one more picture after this).  It was a good paring of Cooper & Heston.  The trailer is good but, boy, does it give you more information than you need...probably too much.

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