Escape from East Berlin (1962), Papa’s Delicate Condition, Abandon Ship! (1957)

ESCAPE Papa Abandon

Escape from East Berlin (1962), Papa’s Delicate Condition, Abandon Ship! (1957) 3 films, 3 DVDs

The true story of an Escape From East Berlin (1962) filmed a few months after the actual events.starring Christine Kaufmann, Don Murray.  Directed by Robert Siodmak (TCM airing)

Seven Waves Away (alternate U.S. titles: Abandon Ship! and Seven Days From Now) is a 1957 British drama film starring Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan, and Stephen Boyd.

When his ship goes down, an officer has to make an agonizing decision on his overcrowded lifeboat. The plot has similarities to the real-life sinking of the American ship William Brown in 1841. Though there is no direct acknowledgment by the filmmakers, the film ends with a voice-over stating, “The story which you have just seen is a true one.

In real life, Captain [sic] Alexander Holmes was brought to trial on a charge of murder. He was convicted and given the minimum sentence of six months because of the unusual circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Papa’s Delicate Condition is a 1963 comedy film starring Jackie Gleason and Glynis Johns.

It was an adaptation of the Corinne Griffith memoir of the same name, about her father and growing up in Texarkana, Texas.

Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) won an Academy Award for Best Song for “Call Me Irresponsible”.  Another Cahn/Van Heusen song, “Walking Happy,” was used in a scene with Gleason and his on-screen daughter Linda Bruhl walking down a street while he sings about the people they meet along the way, but the scene was cut before the film’s release. The song was later used in a Broadway musical of the same name.

In DVD/CD sleeves. photo label.

Guaranteed, replaced with same title.

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