At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage.
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The film's huge success confirmed Jack Hawkins
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The ship used to represent HMS Compass Rose in the film is actually not a pre-1940 Flower-class corvette. Those corvettes had mast before the bridge. The modified Flower-class corvettes which were developed and ordered after 1940 were slightly larger, slightly better armed and the mast was moved behind the bridge. See more
If anyone else makes a noise, I'll have his guts for a necktie.
Referenced in Hitler: The Comedy Years
The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep awake See more