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As World War II begins, German freighter Captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.
When the film was released in 1955, audiences found it difficult to accept John Wayne as a German Captain.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich:
Did anyone ever tell you that you're beautiful when you're angry?
When the ship slips out of Sydney the captain orders full ahead as soon as the lines are dropped. This is an error in seamanship as the ship would run parallel to the dock and crash into whatever was in front of it. To properly get away from the dock, the stern first would be swung away from the dock, then go into reverse to enter the channel, then a forward command would be given, but not likely full steam ahead while still in the harbor.