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The Wreck of the Mary Deare (film)

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Director  Michael Anderson
Music director  George Duning
Country  United Kingdom United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Crime, Drama
Language  English
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (film) movie poster
Release date  November 6, 1959 (1959-11-06)
Based on  The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1956 novel)  by Hammond Innes
Writer  Eric Ambler (screenplay), Hammond Innes (novel)
Adapted from  The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Cast  Gary Cooper (Gideon Patch), Charlton Heston (John Sands), Michael Redgrave (Mr. Nyland), Virginia McKenna (Janet Taggart), Richard Harris (Higgins), Emlyn Williams (Sir Wilfred Falcett)
Similar movies  Inside Llewyn Davis, The Last Survivors, Too Hot to Handle, Blood Alley, The Navy Comes Through, Tiger Bay
Tagline  The Saga of the Derelict, Mary Deare... the strange secret she carried... the desperate voyage and plot to sink her!

The wreck of the mary deare 1959

The Wreck of the Mary Deare is a 1959 Metrocolor (in CinemaScope) British-American thriller film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston, and featuring Michael Redgrave, Cecil Parker, Richard Harris and John Le Mesurier. The screenplay by Eric Ambler was based on the 1956 novel of the same name by Hammond Innes.


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The steamship Mary Deare is found adrift at sea by salvager John Sands (Charlton Heston). Sands boards it hoping to claim it for salvage, but finds the first officer, Gideon Patch (Gary Cooper), still aboard and trying to run the ship on his own. Patch has stayed on the ship in order to prove that it was sabotaged to collect insurance on cargo that had secretly been off-loaded at Rangoon. Patch convinces Sands to help him beach the ship, even though it will void his salvage claim. When they return to London, Patch is brought before a board of inquiry to determine what happened. It soon becomes apparent that the ship owners were planning to wreck the Mary Deare all along and have Patch as the fall guy.



The novel was optioned by MGM with the intention of having Alfred Hitchcock direct and Cooper star. Hitchcock had long wanted to work with Cooper, but after developing the script with Ernest Lehman for several weeks, they concluded that it couldn't be done without turning the movie into "a boring courtroom drama". They abandoned the idea and started a new story which eventually became North by Northwest.

THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE 1959 Gary Cooper Charlton Heston

The task of adapting the novel passed to Eric Ambler. British director Michael Anderson took over for Hitchcock. The cast included Cooper as Patch, and Charlton Heston as Sands, with Richard Harris and Sir Michael Redgrave in supporting roles. Critics generally agree that the finished film matches Hitchcock and Lehman's prediction. There were long delays in filming due to Gary Cooper's ill health, although he was not diagnosed with cancer until the spring of 1960.

Box office

GARY COOPER CHARLTON HESTON in The Wreck of the Mary Deare

According to MGM records the film earned $1,165,000 in the US and Canada and $1,650,000 elsewhere.

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