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The Wreck of the Mary Deare Details


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. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Gary Cooper
as Gideon Patch
Charlton Heston
as John Sands
Michael Redgrave
as Mr. Hyland
Emlyn Williams
as Sir Wilfred Falcett
Richard Harris
as Higgins
Cecil Parker
as The Chairman
Ben Wright
as Mike Duncan
Alexander Knox
as Petrie
Virginia McKenna
as Janet Taggart
Peter Illing
as Gunderson
Ashley Cowan
as Burrows
Jean del Val
as Javot
George Dee
as French Captain
Paul Bryar
as Port Official
Charles Lamb
as Court Clerk
Charles Davis
as Yules
John Dearth
as Reporter
Noel Drayton
as Bell
Louis Mercier
as Commander of Police
Lomax Study
as Photographer
Alexander Archdale
as Lloyd's Counsel
Lilyan Chauvin
as Nun
John Le Mesurier
as M.O.A. Lawyer
Albert Carrier
as Ambulance Attendant


Michael Anderson
Julian Blaustein
Eric Ambler
Hammond Innes
Book Author
Joseph Ruttenberg
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
Hans Peters
Art Director
Paul Groesse
Art Director
Hugh Hunt
Set Designer
Henry W. Grace
Set Designer
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
William J. Tuttle