John Gregson

  • Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger – The Battle of the River Plate AKA Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)

    Michael Powell1951-1960DramaEmeric PressburgerUnited KingdomWar
    The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
    The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

    In the fall of 1939, the German heavy cruiser (referred to as a pocket battleship) Graf Spee seems to have command of the Atlantic. In the first three months of World War II, she was responsible for sinking nine ships. The British sent three cruisers commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood to confront her. The battle took place on December 13, 1939 and the British came out on top. The Graf Spee headed for the neutral harbor of Montevideo, Uruguay. They were given only a short time to effect repairs and the British did their best to make them believe a British fleet of six or eight ships awaited them. Rather than chance the loss of his men, the German Captain ordered the Graf Spee scuttled.Read More »

  • Ralph Thomas – Venetian Bird (1952)

    1951-1960ActionRalph ThomasThrillerUnited Kingdom

    Private detective Edward Mercer goes to Venice at the request of a French insurance company to locate a brave Italian whom they wish to reward for his part in the rescue of an Allied airman shot down during the war. At least, that is what Mercer thinks as he steps off the steamer at the Piazza San Marco and is greeted by a smiling street photographer, Cassana. Mercer makes his way to a shop and finds his first contact dead from a knife stab, and the trail leads him to Adrianna. He faces danger from police chief Spaloni and also from a group of foreign patriots, led by Count Borian and Lieutenant Longo, who want to use him as a stool-pigeon for a planned Coup d’Etat. A hectic race across the roof tops, high above the great square, brings Mercer to grips against his unknown enemy.Read More »

  • Ralph Thomas – Above Us The Waves (1955)

    1951-1960Ralph ThomasUnited KingdomWar

    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 »

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