San Demetrio, London (Ealing 1943 with Walter Fitzgerald, Mervyn Johns and Gordon Jackson)

San Demetrio, London (Ealing 1943 with Walter Fitzgerald, Mervyn Johns and Gordon Jackson)


Highly regarded Ealing war drama praising the never-say-die spirit of the Allied everyman. Based on a real event, this stirring adaptation of F Tennyson Jesse’s official account tells how a group of lowly British Merchant Navy sailors saved the San Demetrio oil tanker after it was almost destroyed by the enemy, braving fire and ocean to sail the vessel 900 miles to the safety of a Scottish port.

crew details

  • Writers: Robert Hamer, Charles Frend
    Story: F. Tennyson Jesse
    Cinematography: Ernest Palmer, Roy Kellino
    Music: John Greenwood
    Producer: Robert Hamer
    Director: Charles Frend

production info

  • Year of Release: 1943
  • Country: UK | Ealing
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 105 minutes

Arthur Young

Captain George Waite

Walter Fitzgerald

Chief Engineer Charles Pollard

Ralph Michael

2nd. Officer Hawkins

Neville Mapp

3rd. Engineer Willey

Barry Letts

Apprentice John Jones

Michael Allen

Cadet Roy Housden

Frederick Piper

Boatswain W.E. Fletcher

Herbert Cameron

Pumpman Davies

John Owers

Steward

Gordon Jackson

Messboy John Jamieson

Robert Beatty

'Yank' Preston

Charles Victor

Deckhand

John Coyle

Deckhand