Sink the Bismarck!
Sink the Bismarck! – 1960 | 97 mins | War, Drama | Colour
Taut stiff-upper-lip World War II drama recounting the Allied campaign to locate, attack and destroy Germany’s largest battleship. Combining actual war footage, newsreels, and immaculate miniature scale models, the film’s special effects manage to ably convey the climatic sea battle scenes.
The film chronicles the Bismarck from it’s launch in Hamburg in 1939 to the spring of 1941, that finds the Bismarck at anchorage in Norway. At the Admiralty’s underground London HQ, under orders from Winston Churchill, the Sea Lord (Laurence Naismith) and director of operations Captain Jonathan Shepherd (Kenneth More) co-ordinate a plan to track and sink the terror of the seas. Shepherd is also fighting personal demons, having to come to terms with the loss of his wife during an air raid. By his side is the sympathetic assistant WREN Anne Davies (Dana Wynter), who understands his inner turmoil over his wife, a son missing-in-action, and a yearning for a ship command of his own.
After escaping the British naval blockade, the German ship engages the Royal Navy ships shadowing her; HMS Hood, Prince of Wales and Suffolk, in the ensuing battle the Hood is sunk and the Bismarck continues independently with only minor damage. The British launch carrier-based and long-range aircraft against the Bismarck to stop her reaching the occupied French port of Brest, and as a result the ships rudders become jammed. With the Bismarck unable to manoeuvre, the British ships King George V and Rodney finally close in for the concluding naval engagement.
Lewis Gilbert: Director
Arthur Lawson: Art Direction
Christopher Challis: Cinematography
Peter R Hunt: Editing
WT Partleton: Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton: Makeup Department
Clifton Parker: Original Music
John Brabourne: Producer
Edmund H North: Script
Red Law: Sound Department
Dudley Messenger: Sound Department
Wyn Ryder: Sound Department
Kenneth More: Captain Jonathan Shepard
Dana Wynter: 2nd Officer Anne Davis
Carl MĂ¶hner: Captain Lindemann
Laurence Naismith: First Sea Lord
Geoffrey Keen: ACNS
Karel Stepanek: Admiral Lutjens
Michael Hordern: CIC on King George V
Maurice Denham: Commander Richards
Michael Goodliffe: Captain Banister
Mark Dignam: Captain, Ark Royal
Esmond Knight: Captain, Prince of Wales
Jack Gwillim: Captain, King George V
Ernest Clark: Captain, Suffolk
Sydney Tafler: Henry, Civilian Worker on \’Prince of Wales\’