The Key

The Key (1958)

He had the life expectancy of a match.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, War
  • Release Date: 1958-05-28
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 14 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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  • William Holden

    as Capt. David Ross
  • Sophia Loren

    as Stella
  • Trevor Howard

    as Capt. Chris Ford
  • Bernard Lee

    as Cmdr. Wadlow
  • Oskar Homolka

    as Van Dam
  • Kieron Moore

    as Kane
  • Noel Purcell

    as Hotel Clerk
  • Bryan Forbes

    as Weaver
  • Beatrix Lehmann

    as Housekeeper
  • Rupert Davies

    as Baker
  • Russell Waters

    as Sparks
  • Sidney Vivian

    as Grogan
  • Irene Handl

    as Clerk
  • John Crawford

    as American Captain
  • Jameson Clark

    as English Captain
  • Guy Standeven

    as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Keith Faulkner

    as Signalman (uncredited)
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