The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wreck of the Mary Deare1959

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)





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Talented special effects and adventure director Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days, 1956) keeps the suspense going in this drama about the wreck of the Mary Deare. John Sands (Charleton Heston) is the captain of a salvage ship that is almost rammed by the apparently abandoned Mary Deare. Sands boards the ship in search of plunder but as it is tossed on the high seas, he discovers a half-crazed captain aboard (Gary Cooper). The captain of the Mary Deare, Gideon Patch, tells Sands his story and in the end, the ship is scuttled and sinks. While Sands believes the story, the court does not believe it and Captain Patch is devastated. Determined to prove his innocence, the two captains dive down to the sunken Mary Deare to dredge up the evidence they need -- building up to a slam-bang climax.

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Gary Cooper
as Gideon Patch
Charlton Heston
as John Sands
Michael Redgrave
as Mr. Nyland
Emlyn Williams
as Sir Wilfred Falcett
Cecil Parker
as The Chairman
Virginia McKenna
as Janet Taggart
Ben Wright
as Mike Duncan
Peter Illing
as Gunderson
Ashley Cowan
as Burrows
Alexander Archdale
as Lloyd's Counsel
John Le Mesurier
as MOA Lawyer
Louis Mercier
as Commander of Police
Albert Carrier
as Ambulance Attendant
Paul Bryar
as Port Official
Lomax Study
as Photographer
Charles Lamb
as Court Clerk
John Dearth
as Reporter
George Dee
as French Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Wreck of the Mary Deare

All Critics (3)

A suspenseful mystery-at-sea yarn, superbly photographed and tightly edited, with seasoned performances by Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston as skippers enmeshed in a maritime scandal.

October 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Crisply done sea adventure.

April 7, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Offbeat, compelling adventure-mystery tale featuring Cooper and Heston.

February 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Wreck of the Mary Deare

Big stars and good production values but very dull.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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This has all the makings of an Alfred Hitchcock Thriller, and I am told that he almost directed it. Charlton Heston and Gary Cooper combine there talents to make a truly unheard of 5 star film. My biggest surprise was that only 42 other people have review / seen this movie on Flixster. No matter what part of this Universe you are from this is a must see movie. Charlton Heston plays the part of a salvage captain. He finds the Mary Deare afloat on the open seas, right from the start when he boards her the action begins. On board he finds Gary Cooper the only man left on board the sinking vessel, which they save by beaching her on the shoals. Onboard is a mystery cargo, as Cooper believes he was left onboard to go down with the ship for insurance purposes. Though when have a somewhat young Heston, in one scene Cooper was a little old to be floundering around in the water. But this is one of the unheard of greats of old school films. Rent, Buy, Beg, But not steal a copy and sit down on a nice night, unhook the phone and enjoy. 5 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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