The Key

The Key (1958)

He had the life expectancy of a match.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, War
  • Release Date: 1958-05-28
  • User Rating: 6.2/10 from 17 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 14min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: High Road
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
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In wartime England, circa 1941, poorly-armed tugs are sent into "U-Boat Alley" to rescue damaged Allied ships. An American named David Ross arrives to captain one of these tugs. He's given a key by a fellow tugboat-man -- a key to an apartment and its pretty female resident. Should something happen to the friend, Ross can use the key.

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    Editing Bert Bates Editor
    Production Carl Foreman Producer
    Writing Carl Foreman Writer
    Art Wilfred Shingleton Production Design
    Camera Oswald Morris Director of Photography
    Sound Malcolm Arnold Original Music Composer
    Directing Carol Reed Director
    Costume & Make-Up Beatrice Dawson Costume Design
    Art Geoffrey Drake Art Direction
    Production Aubrey Baring Associate Producer
    Writing Jan de Hartog Novel
    Crew Peter Peake Technical Advisor