🎥 San Demetrio London – 1943

The Story …

The film is a reconstruction of the story of the salvage of the British tanker, MV San Demetrio.

the true story of the crew of the SS San Demetrio, a British merchant vessel that found itself in the midst of perilous circumstances during World War II.

The film opens with the SS San Demetrio, carrying a valuable cargo of aviation fuel, being part of a convoy traveling from Texas to Liverpool, England.

In November 1940, the convoy comes under attack by German warships in the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic …

In the midst of the battle, the San Demetrio is hit, causing significant damage to the ship. The crew is forced to abandon ship as their vessel is left adrift and in flames.

However, a remarkable turn of events unfolds. A small group of crew members, led by the ship’s chief engineer, Charles Pollard, portrayed by Arthur Young, make the daring decision to return to the stricken vessel. Their mission is to save the ship and its precious cargo from falling into enemy hands.

Charles Pollard and his courageous team take on the seemingly impossible task of bringing the San Demetrio back from the brink of destruction. Their efforts are a testament to the unwavering determination and resourcefulness of individuals facing dire circumstances during wartime.

The crew’s battle to save their ship becomes a symbol of resilience and heroism. Their journey is fraught with peril as they face not only the elements of the North Atlantic but also the constant threat of further attacks by German forces. Despite these challenges, the crew’s determination and unyielding spirit drive them forward.

“San Demetrio London” is a compelling and authentic portrayal of the crew’s ordeal during their harrowing fight for survival. The film incorporates actual newsreel footage and photographs of the SS San Demetrio and its crew, adding a layer of realism to the narrative.

As the crew’s struggle unfolds, the film pays tribute to the extraordinary feats of courage displayed by ordinary individuals during one of the darkest chapters of World War II. Their story serves as a timeless reminder of the human capacity to endure and overcome even the most daunting challenges.

In the end, “San Demetrio London” is a powerful cinematic exploration of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity, offering a window into the remarkable heroism displayed by those who found themselves in the crucible of war.

Credits :

  • Directed by Charles Frend
  • Robert Hamer (uncredited)
  • Screenplay by Charles Frend, Robert Hamer and F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Produced by Michael Balcon
  • Cinematography Ernest Palmer
  • Edited by Eily Boland
  • Music by John D. H. Greenwood
  • Production Company : Ealing Studios
  • Distributed by Associated British Film Distributors
  • Release Date : 21 February 1944

Cast :

  • Arthur Young as Captain George Waite
  • Walter Fitzgerald as Chief Engineer Charles Pollard
  • Ralph Michael as 2nd Officer Hawkins
  • Neville Mapp as 3rd Engineer Willey
  • Barry Letts as Apprentice John Jones
  • Michael Allen as Cadet Roy Housden
  • Frederick Piper as Boatswain W.E. Fletcher
  • Herbert Cameron as Pumpman Davies
  • John Owers as Steward
  • Gordon Jackson as Messboy John Jamieson
  • Robert Beatty as “Yank” Preston
  • Charles Victor as Deckhand
  • James McKechnie as Deckhand
  • John Coyle as Deckhand
  • Duncan McIntyre as Deckhand (as Duncan MacIntyre)
  • Rex Holt as Deckhand
  • Mervyn Johns as Greaser John Boyle
  • Lawrence O’Madden as Captain E.S.F. Fegen V.C. – HMS Jervis Bay
  • James Donald as Gunnery Control Officer – HMS Jervis Bay
  • James Sadler as Officer of the Watch – HMS Jervis Bay
  • Peter Miller Street as Midshipman – HMS Jervis Bay
  • David Horne as Mr. Justice Langton
  • Nigel Clarke as R.J.E. Dodds – Shipping Manager
  • James Knight as Captain Smith – SS Gloucester City

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