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Elke Sommer  

 

DAS TOTENSCHIFF

MGM, 1959.  Directed by Georg Tressler.  Camera:  Heinz Pehlke.  With Elke Sommer, Horst Bucholz, Helmut Schmidt, Mario Adorf, Alfred Balthoff, Karl Lieffen, Gnter Meisner, Panos Papadopoulos, Alf Marholm, Werner Buttler, Dieter von Keil, Edgar O. Faiss.

After a line of mischief Philip Gale, an American sailor, is lured into hiring on the "Yorikke", a tramp cargo, by Lawski, a stoker from Poland. Still, the two become friends within the motley crew of losers from all nations.

Gale and his new companion soon are more than disillusioned: the "Yorikke" is far from seaworthy and more of a coffin than a ship, work is close to slavery, and treatment by the officers and their subalterns is harsh and cynical.

One day they make an alarming discovery in a tin of plum butter they have procured from the ship's cargo.

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Poster artwork courtesy of Dieter