The Sea Chase Movie Summary
In The Sea Chase, Karl Ehrlich, played by John Wayne, is the captain of the old German steam freighter Ergenstrasse. The Ergenstrasse sits in the port of Sydney, Australia on the eve of the Second World War. Ehrlich is a former member of the German Navy who lost his rank and position; refusing to support the Nazi Party. Now relegated to captaining steam freighters, Ehrlich is a man who loves his country but hates those in charge.
As the Ergenstrasse prepares to head out to sea, Ehrlich is visited by an old friend, British Commander Jeff Napier. Napier introduces Ehrlich to his new fiancée, Elsa Keller, whom the German captain recognizes from a previous encounter. Once Elsa and Ehrlich are alone, Ehrlich tells Elsa that she needs to break off the engagement with his friend. If she doesn’t, he will tell Napier about her notorious past. Elsa concedes, and disappears from Napier’s life.
Meanwhile, Germany has invaded Poland, and war is imminent. The Ergenstrasse faces internment unless Ehrlich can sneak his ship out of port under the British fleet’s noses. Before he can begin his escape, Ehrlich receives a visit from the German Consul-General. He asks Ehrlich to take with him a spy to prevent the spy’s capture. It is only after the Ergenstrasse slips out of harbor in thick fog that Ehrlich discovers the spy is Elsa.read full summary
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