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Sons of the Sea (1939)

The head of Dartmouth Training College has been murdered, and his successor, Captain Hyde, suspects that he himself may have been the intended target. He enlists the help of his own son ... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Elvey

Writers:

Gerald Elliott (by), Maurice Elvey (by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Banks ... Captain Hyde
Mackenzie Ward ... Newton Hulls
Kay Walsh ... Alison Devar
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Philip Hyde
Cecil Parker ... Commander Herbert
Ellen Pollock Ellen Pollock ... Margaret Hulls
Ian Fleming ... Naval Intelligence Officer
Peter Shaw Peter Shaw ... Lt. John Strepte
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Professor Devar
Nigel Stock ... Rudd
Gordon Begg Gordon Begg ... Waiter
Charles Eaton Charles Eaton ... Commander-in-Chief
Robert Field Robert Field ... Inspector Blake
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Storyline

The head of Dartmouth Training College has been murdered, and his successor, Captain Hyde, suspects that he himself may have been the intended target. He enlists the help of his own son Philip, a reluctant cadet at the college, to help him confirm his suspicions about planned enemy action... but meanwhile, there is a Secret Service agent staying at the college observatory, the foreign-born professor of astronomy is behaving strangely, and Naval Intelligence disclaim any knowledge of what is going on... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Filmed entirely in Dufaycolor with the full co-operation of the Admiralty

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Havets söner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

British Consolidated See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (RCA Photophone)

Color:

Color (filmed entirely in) (Dufaycolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first all-color British film. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Herbert: You wanted to quit the navy. You're quite right. There's no room in the service for boys like you.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT EVERY MAN THIS DAY WILL DO HIS DUTY. See more »

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Referenced in Keaton's Cop (1990) See more »

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Fascinating to see 1930s England in colour
2 June 2005 | by tgabberSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this film while flicking through the TV channels this morning, the BBC were giving it an airing on BBC2. I'll be honest I was about to move on as the acting struck me as pretty dreadful when the scene changed to an outdoor shot of Portsmouth like I'd never seen it before. Period cars in new condition and vibrant colour!

I'd thought from the indoor scene that first on that this was some 1950s film and was shocked to discover that it was a colour film made in 1939! Looked up the details on the IMDb here and was fascinated to learn about the film's unique history.

It's a shame that the story and the acting is not better, but for curiosity value alone this film is worth digging out. The colour has lasted very well and it provides an invaluable record of an England that no longer exists.


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