THE SEA CHASE REVIEWED
“The Sea Chase” is one of those film oddities that makes me glad for platforms like Warner Archive. John Wayne plays an anti-Nazi German freighter captain who appears to be stuck in Australia. The captain doesn’t have enough coal to fuel his trip home, but the Aussies don’t want him to leave as World War II seems to have just broken out. At no time in the film does John Wayne or romantic lead Lana Turner make any effort to fake a German accent. If what was heard was supposed to be an accent, then they failed.
Eventually, the rest of the movie needs to happen and John Wayne gets the fuel to return to Germany. The British Naval Commander in Australia then gets orders to hunt him down before he can return. Alan Hale and a few Wayne players show up as the crew, but the real star is Lana Turner’s hair. How can one woman keep her hair so perfect on the high seas? Hell, she was on the high seas and in the middle of a sea chase. The film wraps up neatly, but it remains in an oddity in the Wayne film collection.
- 2.55:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD MA 2.0