Cheryl Herr writes:
>Does anyone know of films about the Merchant Navy (British, Canadian, US)
>up to 1960?
British: 'Western Approaches' (UK 1943, dir. Pat Jackson; released in the
US as 'The Raider') is possibly the most widely seen example from this
period. It's a propaganda film about Merchant Navy convoys bringing
lend-lease supplies to Britain in the teeth of attacks by U-boats. It was
filmed entirely at sea, much of it with a three-strip Technicolor camera in
a wooden dinghy. 'Pool of London' (UK 1951, dir. Basil Dearden), although
not primarily 'about' the Merchant Navy (it's a thriller about a Merchant
Navy seaman implicated in a murder while on leave in London) is also very
interesting for a number of reasons, not least the film's candid treatment
of the social tensions starting to brew resulting from the Attlee
government's policy of encouraging mass immigration from the Carribbean.
US: 'I Married a Communist' (US 1949, dir. Robert Stevenson) includes
scenes of an industrial dispute among dock workers.
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