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The Ship That Died of Shame

Year: 1955
Production Country: UK
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Featuring: George Baker / Richard Attenborough / Bill Owen / Virginia McKenna
Running time: 95min
Certificate: PG

Richard Attenborough shines in this tale of Motor Gun Boat 1087 and her once-celebrated officers now turned smugglers. Read more

Synopsis

Director Basil Dearden combines sharp thrills with some abrasive social commentary in this tale of Motor Gun Boat 1087 and her once-celebrated officers now turned smugglers. Ealing’s occasional engagement with the supernatural and nostalgia for the war is spun into one of the studio’s darkest and best final films. Richard Attenborough is on form as a crooked chancer making the best out of the bleak social realities of postwar Britain.

*Introduced by Archive curator Dylan Cave

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