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Yangtse Incident The Story of HMS Amethyst

ERA Williams RN
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While sailing lawfully up the Yangste in 1949, the British warship Amethyst found its return to the open sea blocked by Communist Chinese shore batteries that unexpectedly opened fire. In charge, Lietenant Commander Kerans was not however prepared for his crew and his ship to remain as a hostage for the Chinese to use as an international pawn.

  • Actor Character
  • Richard Todd Lt. Cmdr. Kerans, RN
  • William Hartnell Leading Seaman Frank
  • Akim Tamiroff Col. Peng
  • Donald Houston Lt Weston RN
  • Keye Luke Capt. Kuo Tai
  • Sophie Stewart Miss Charlotte Dunlap
  • Robert Urquhart Flt Lt Fearnley RAF
  • James Kenney Lt Hett RN
  • Richard Leach Lt Strain RN
  • Michael Brill Lt Berger RN
  • Barry Foster PO McCarthy RN
  • Ray Jackson Telegraphist French, RN
  • Thomas Heathcote Mr. Monaghan RN
  • Sam Kydd AB Walker RN
  • Ewen Solon ERA Williams RN
  • Brian Smith Boy Martin
  • John Charlesworth Roberts
  • Kenneth Cope Mr. McNamara
  • Alfred Burke Petty Officer
  • John A. Tinn Chinese pilot
  • Richard Coleman Lt. Cmdr. Skinner
  • Ian Bannen AB Bannister RN
  • Gene Anderson Ruth Worth
  • David Aylmer Bit part
  • Tom Bowman
  • Jeremy Burnham
  • Anthony Chinn
  • Tsai Chin
  • Ah Chong Choy
  • Allan Cuthbertson
  • Edward Dentith
  • Basil Dignam British ambassador
  • N.C. Doo
  • Andy Ho
  • John Horsley
  • Peter Hutton
  • Murray Kash
  • Cyril Luckham
  • John Paul
  • Keith Rawlings Crocker
  • Tom Tann
  • Ralph Truman
  • Gordon Whiting
  • Bernard Cribbins Sonar Operator
  • Frank Phillips Narrator

Directed by
Michael Anderson
Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Eric Ambler
Lawrence Earl book Escape of the Amethyst
Franklin Gollings idea
Produced by
Franklin Gollings associate producer
Herbert Wilcox producer
Original Music by
Leighton Lucas
Cinematography by
Gordon Dines
Film Editing by
Basil Warren
Casting by
Robert Lennard
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton (as Ralph Brinton)
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi hair stylist
Production Management
John Wilcox production manager (as J. D. Wilcox)
Second Unit or Assistant Director
Denis Johnson first assistant director
Art Department
Ronald Benton assistant art director
A.J. Van Montagu scenic artist (as A. Van Montagu)
Sound Department
Jim Groom sound editor
Norman King sound recordist
Len Shilton sound recordist
Special Effects by
George Blackwell special effects
Other crew
Commander J.S. Kerans technical advisor
Leighton Lucas musical director
Hazel Swift continuity
Gerry Turpin camera operator
Norman Warwick unit camera operator
William R. Anderson dialogue director (uncredited)
Fred Birch wardrobe master (uncredited)