Sale 21TH01 | Lot 167

[Film Storyboards] Franz Bachelin. The Sea Chase.

Catalogue: Stage & Screen
[Film Storyboards]  Franz Bachelin. The Sea Chase.

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Lot 167
[Film Storyboards] Franz Bachelin. The Sea Chase.
Los Angeles: 1955. Two volumes (binders), plus one original color storyboard. The 3-ring binders contain original pen and ink and pencil drawings on onion skin paper, plus photographs and notes for the film. One binder contains the original bold, tense drawings, beautifully executed, breaking the film down into a compelling graphic novel, marking out long shots, choreographing fight sequences, and more. The second binder contains photographs of locations (silver gelatin prints, about 8 x 10 inches, many stamped "Return to Research Department, Warner Bros." on the verso), plus set maps and lay-outs (some in facsimile, many of them folding), newspaper clippings, and even more sketches. Some fraying to edges of sketches.
Directed by John Farrow, with the art direction by Franz Bachelin, "The Sea Chase" is a WWII seafaring adventure. Fiercely nationalistic, but vehemently anti-Nazi, German sea captain Karl Erlich (John Wayne) mans the helm of a decrepit freighter pursued by the British navy--and as if being tailed by a warship weren't enough, violent storms, shark attacks, short supplies and a mutinous crew all conspire to prevent the skipper from reaching his homeland. Lana Turner co-stars as a beautiful German spy. Taking in a range from Sydney, Australia, to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, the fictional HMS Rockhampton is played by HMCS New Glasgow, a River class frigate built in Canada as a wartime emergency anti-submarine escort. This class has a classic wartime outline, similar to the Black Swan and Grimsby class sloops operated by the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy in 1939.


Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Sold for $1,260 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Sold for $1,260 (includes buyer's premium)

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