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British drama documentary from 1943, based on the true story of the 1940 rescue of the tanker MV San Demetrio by parts of her own crew after she had been set afire in the middle of the Atlantic by the German heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer and then had been abandoned. When one of the lifeboats drifted back to the burning tanker the day after, and found that she still hadn't exploded, they decided to board her and put out the fires. Eventually, they managed to start the engine again and decided to try to reach Britain against all odds.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 44m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 7, 1943



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Cast 12

  1. Walter Fitzgerald

    Walter Fitzgerald
    Chief Engineer Charles Pollard - M.V. San Demetrio

  2. RM

    Ralph Michael
    2nd. Officer Hawkins - M.V. San Demetrio

  3. NM

    Neville Mapp
    3rd. Engineer Willey - M.V. San Demetrio

  4. Barry Letts

    Barry Letts
    Apprentice John Jones - M.V. San Demetrio

  5. MA

    Michael Allen
    Cadet Roy Housden - M.V. San Demetrio

  6. Frederick Piper

    Frederick Piper
    Boatswain W.E. Fletcher - M.V. San Demetrio

  7. Gordon Jackson

    Gordon Jackson
    Messboy John Jamieson - M.V. San Demetrio

  8. Robert Beatty

    Robert Beatty
    'Yank' Preston - M.V. San Demetrio

  9. Mervyn Johns

    Mervyn Johns
    Greaser John Boyle - M.V. San Demetrio

  10. James Donald

    James Donald
    Gunnery Officer - H.M.S. Jervis Bay

  11. NC

    Nigel Clarke
    R.J.E Dodds - Shipping Manager

  12. AY

    Arthur Young
    Captain George Waite - M.V. San Demetrio

Crew 3


  1. CF

    Charles Frend


  1. Michael Balcon

    Michael Balcon

  2. RH

    Robert Hamer

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