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ABANDON SHIP! Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10pm (EST)

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A little known but excellent portrayal of survival on the high seas (Atlantic Ocean, to be precise), Abandon Ship deals with the plight of 27 survivors of a ship disaster all crammed into a lifeboat that is designed to hold just 14. The film concentrates on the drastic decision that had to be made by the officer in charge of the boat, a decision some would think necessary while others would deem it morally reprehensible.

 

Based on a true event of a 19th century ship disaster, Abandon Ship was filmed at Shepperton Studios in England during the summer of 1956. A largely British cast, headed by an American, a 42 year old Tyrone Power, is excellent in this grim, at times harrowingly realistic depiction. It really is hard to believe at times that the film was shot in a studio tank.

 

Power's increasingly haggard looks as he aged works well for him in this role as the officer left in command after the ship's captain expires. There's nothing glamourous about the actor in this picture in which he delivers an exceptional performance, unquestionably one of the finest of his career. It would be, in fact, Power's third last completed film, filmed two years before his death by heart attack on a Spanish film set of Solomon and Sheba.

 

 

 

 

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A very underrated film but I find Holmes' actions quite morally questionable. He decides to play god and but people over the side but I suppose it was hard for him to think what with that irritating lady calling him "brave captain" every 2 minutes. :) So he takes Lloyd Nolan's advice who has a gut full of nuts and screws. Clarification from anybody if they can. At the end when the ship comes up along side the boat, Holmes looks up and sees all the people he ditched, are they suppose to be ghosts of the departed or did the ship pick them up after Holmes gave them the heave-ho? Didn't much approve of him shooting Eddie Byrne with that flare gun either. Sure Faroni put his mumblepeg knife into Holmes first but when you consider what Holmes was doing, why not?

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I remember watching this film on television with my parents back in my teenage years, and after it ended my father turning to me and asking the question this film poses to the audience: "What would YOU do if you were that captain?"

 

(...I think I replied, "The same thing he did.")

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An excellent film for sure. Power was a very fine actor and it shows here. Dead at only 44, what a terrible loss for the movie industry and the public.

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It's a shame, mrroberts, that what was apparently some of Power's best work as an actor was left on the stage, such as his London revival of Mr. Roberts, for example. Power felt great about it at the time but we have no way to judge him in it now.

 

He got stuck, particularly during the early '50s, he a lot of routine parts in the movies in which he often gave rather mechanical performances. But a gem like Abandon Ship (or Witness for the Prosecution or The Long Grey Line) shows what a really fine actor he could be when he had a good part.

 

And Power truly is terrific in Abandon Ship.

 

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It is, for me, his best performance. Truly a powerful movie. I don't think there is any good moral solution to the situation. Say, to have a clear conscience, you save as many as you could, the injured and the well, leading to the death of all aboard the boat. Aren't you responsible for the unnecessary deaths of the healthy passengers? I also liked him in American Guerrilla in the Philippines.

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So the only morally acceptable choice is for everybody to die. Don't mistake me, I'm not arguing for what Power's character did. Just that any decision carries with it terrible consequences.

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Are ya talkin' about the babe on the right here, Fly?

 

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Well then, OF COURSE he wouldn't! And take the chance of ruining that beautiful coif she's sportin' there?!!!

 

(...are you NUTS or somethin', dude!)

 

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The "brave captain" lady is whom you refer and find so annoying was played by South African Moira Lister. She's quite excellent in the role, I feel.

 

Her portrait of a rich woman used to having the best of everything who initially sounds sarcastic when she addresses Power is tempered by the fact that, as the film progresses, she proves to have more spirit than many of the others in the lifeboat, as well as, finally, loyalty to Power, after almost everyone else has turned against him because of his decision-making.

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I like her. She is much hotter than Mai Zetterling. As far as backing up Holmes about evicting some of the passengers her character is a little too cavalier about it if you ask me. It almost seems as if she would actually enjoy putting some of them outta the boat like her husband. :) It's obvious from the beginning that she has the hots for Tyrone. I think she wanted everyone outta the boat so she and "brave captain" could be alone. :)

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Survival of the fittest oh excuse me the strongest, huh? Holmes shoulda been brought up on criminal charges for murdering Faroni with that flare gun.. It could easily been argued that Faroni was acting in defense of the passengers. Did Holmes have any moral or legal maritime right to eject helpless wounded people? I say no. Ship's crewmembers? Yeah, but not wounded passengers.

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The very fact that Holmes ONLY got six months speaks to the unique circumstances under which his acts took place. This is the kind of situation which will pit some moralists against others who see the practicality of his decision making.

 

There is no way that a massively overloaded lifeboat could have survived such a journey. For Holmes to keep the weak and those who couldn't have made the physical contribution needed for all to survive, well, I understand emotionally, of course, why it would be the humane thing to do.

 

It seems, though, that all might have perished if Holmes had done that.

 

What I really appreciate about Ty Power's performance was his ability to be convincing as a man forced into a hard, Darwinian decision but at the same time he shows the human being behind it who, based upon the film's last scene, will always be haunted by his actions. Even though they were "right" because he honestly believes that he saved lives by sacrifing others. (And, yes, he did play God in doing so).

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Tom, remember SansFin's thread, a month or so ago, asking if people here are ever influenced by others' recommendations?

 

Well, it was on account of this thread you created about *Abandon Ship* that I watched it.

It's an old conundrum, but always a challenging one: Given more human beings ("souls") than the escape boat (or bomb shelter, or hiding place from the Nazis, or whatever) can hold, who will stay and who will go - to almost certain death?

I believe there's even a "parlour game" version of this situation, where everyone's given the scenario: a lifeboat - or bomb shelter, etc.- that can only hold 15, and there are 25 clamouring to be included.

 

The party guests are given details regarding the 25 souls; one's a doctor, but he's very old, one's a woman of childbearing age, one's very strong but also not very bright, etc.

I never liked the idea of this game, because I too feel uncomfortable at the idea of "playing God". Fortunately for me, I've only had to deal with this moral dilemma at the party game level.

 

Who knows what one would do, facing the decisions Holmes has to face? That's one of the things that's so interesting about *Abandon Ship*.

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>TomJH:

> This is the kind of situation which will pit some moralists against others who see the practicality of his decision making.

 

The practical decision was also based on morals. That is, any decision is backed by a moral position--whether you condemn it or not.

 

It is unquestioningly accepted by all (both the audience and the characters) that keeping all survivors on the lifeboat will lead to the deaths of everyone. But I wonder if it can be confidently assumed so. The real tragedy faced by Holmes was not necessarily the deaths of the people he jettisoned, but the uncertainty of whether they were necessary.

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*slaytonf wrote: The real tragedy faced by Holmes was not necessarily the deaths of the people he jettisoned, but the uncertainty of whether they were necessary.*

 

Actually, slaytonf, the screenplay doesn't indicate that Holmes was dealing with that uncertainty. After the surviving members of the lifeboat turn their backs (literally) on the captain, stating that he forced them at gunpoint into putting the others overside, Holmes emphatically states that what he did was right. As proof of that, he points to the fact that they are all still alive.

 

Holmes is portrayed as a decent man who had to harden himself in the position of command to make some life and death decisions. Even to the extent of holding a gun on some in order to enforce his will. I have no doubt, based on the film's final scene in which Holmes momentarily thinks that he sees the faces of those he had earlier jettisoned on the rescuing ocean liner, that he will be faced by huge conscience pangs over their deaths, no matter his perception the "rightness" of that decision.

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Well, MissW, I'm glad the thread persuaded you to watch a film that you indicate you found interesting.

 

Playing God such as Holmes does in this film is a responsible from which most people, I suspect, would gladly abdicate.

 

Robert O's commentary before the film made reference to the fact that Alex Holmes was a considerably more complex character for Tyrone Power to play, certainly a characterization of more depth, I feel, that the hero roles into which he was usually cast.

 

It's interesting that when Power played darker, more questionable characters, such as in Abandon Ship or Nightmare Alley, that he was able to give viewers a glimpse of what a strong actor he could be. With his casting against type as a murder suspect in Witness for the Prosecution soon after this film was made, it's apparent that Power was very interested in experimenting with his screen image.

 

What a genuine tragedy it was that this former matinee idol, now being allowed to stretch his acting muscles on screen, would suddenly be dead of a heart attack at age 44.

 

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The man with the attractive socialite, by the way, was not her husband, which is made pretty clear early on because she corrects someone who assumes that and admits that they were on deck "watching the sunset" or some such nonsense. She is one of the strongest figures on the boat, but also the most amoral, which might also be why she admires Holmes, who is wiling to cross moral boundaries.

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*The man with the attractive socialite, by the way, was not her husband, which is made pretty clear early on because she corrects someone who assumes that and admits that they were on deck "watching the sunset" or some such nonsense. She is one of the strongest figures on the boat, but also the most amoral, which might also be why she admires Holmes, who is wiling to cross moral boundaries.*

 

She admired him and more because he was brave enough to make

a tough decision and stick to it. He took no pleasure in what he did

and put overboard an atomic scientist, an accomplished playwright

and a former opera diva while keeping some able bodied miscreants for the coming storm.

 

Life ain't fair.

 

Jake in the Heartland

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