Tag Archives: Donald Sinden

Charles Frend – The Cruel Sea (1953)

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer Read More »

Gilbert Gunn – Operation Bullshine (1959)

Set in an anti-aircraft station along the British coast, this light comedy features Donald Sinden as Lt. Gordon Brown and Barbara Murray as his wife, Private Betty Brown. When a group of female recruits are posted to the base, the handsome lieutenant attracts their attention, especially the attention of blonde charmer Private Marge White (Carole Lesley). Then Lt. Brown’s wife Betty gets posted to the base as well, and that causes no end of trouble. Regulations require that they cannot be working out of the same place, and so they hide their relationship. Meanwhile, the enamored Marge does not have a clue and neither does Major Pym (Naunton Wayne). The good Major then gives the flummoxed lieutenant leave to go visit his wife, and matters deteriorate even more. Read More »

Ralph Thomas – Above Us The Waves (1955)

TCM writes:
Tense and claustrophobic World War II film deals with the efforts of the British armed forces to defeat the intimidating German battleship Tirpitz. After the RAF fails to sink the vessel, a Navy commander (John Mills) must convince his superiors to let him carry out a bold and experimental mission utilizing midget submarines to take the ship out of commission while it’s anchored in a Norwegian fjord. John Gregson and Donald Sinden co-star in the action-packed tale based on true events. Read More »