The Key (1958)

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APPROVED | 134 min | Drama Romance War | English | 01 September 1958 (UK)

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During World War II, tug boats conduct what are called salvage missions - picking up disabled ships. Not well equipped with weaponry, the tugs are sitting ducks for enemy fire. As such, the crew working the tugs have precarious lives, many with deep seated emotional problems.

Carol Reed
Jan de Hartog (novel) Carl Foreman
William Holden Sophia Loren Trevor Howard Oskar Homolka


Oskar HomolkaOskar Homolka

... Capt. Van Dam

Noel PurcellNoel Purcell

... Hotel Porter

Irene HandlIrene Handl

... Clerk

Beatrix LehmannBeatrix Lehmann

... Housekeeper

Sophia LorenSophia Loren

... Stella

Rupert DaviesRupert Davies

... Baker

Jameson ClarkJameson Clark

... English Captain

Sidney VivianSidney Vivian

... Grogan

Bryan ForbesBryan Forbes

... Weaver

William HoldenWilliam Holden

... Capt. David Ross

Russell WatersRussell Waters

... Sparks