Sons of the Sea (film)

Sons of the Sea is a 1939 British colour drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Leslie Banks, Kay Walsh, Mackenzie Ward and Cecil Parker.[2][3]

Sons of the Sea
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Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byK.C. Alexander
Written byGeorge Barraud
Gerald Elliott (screenplay) (as W.G. Elliott)
Maurice Elvey (screenplay)
Reginald Long (dialogue)
D. William Woolf (scenario)
StarringLeslie Banks
Kay Walsh
Mackenzie Ward
Cecil Parker
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byDouglas Myers
British Consolidated
Distributed byGrand National Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • 11 March 1940 (1940-03-11) (UK)[1]
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Britain, 1939. The head of Dartmouth Naval College is murdered. His successor, Captain Hyde, believes that he was in fact the intended target of the assassination. He soon begins to realise that both British and foreign intelligence agents are at work. He enlists the help of his son, a reluctant sea cadet, to smoke them out.



The film was shot during the summer of 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, something explored in the themes of the film. Unusually for the time, it was made entirely in colour; it was the only feature film to do so using the Dufaycolor process.[4][5]

It was restored and shown on BBC television in 2005.[6]


The film premiered in London on 11 March 1940, at the then recently opened Cinephone cinema at 241 Oxford Street,[7] with the attendance of the main star, Leslie Banks.[1]


  1. The Times, 11 March 1940, page 6: Cinephone, premiere "Sons of the Sea" Linked 2018-08-17
  2. Marlburian (23 December 1939). "Sons of the Sea (1939)". IMDb.
  3. "Sons of the Sea (1939)". BFI.
  4. "BFI Screenonline: Cinematography Tour".
  5. "Sons of the Sea".
  6. MJ Simpson. "MJ Simpson: film reviews and interviews".
  7. Cinema Treasures: Cinephone Cinema Linked 2018-08-17

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