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    Re: Celestial Navigation in the Movies
    From: Chris Willmes
    Date: 2016 Dec 5, 17:09 -0500

    John Wayne had a number of nautical film roles, including: 
    - the captain of a German freighter in WW II in the 1955 film, The Sea Chase;
    - a Swedish sailor onboard a British tramp steamer in the 1940 film, The Long Voyage Home;
    - merchant mariner Captain Tom Wilder in the 1955 film, Blood Alley;
    - USN Captain Rock Torrey in the 1965 WW II Pacific theatre film, In Harm's Way; 
    - a WWII PT boat commander in the 1945 film, They Were Expendable;
    - a submariner in the 1951 film, Operation Pacific;
    - a bos'n (boatswain) in the 1936 film, Sea Spoilers;
    - Captain Ralls, the master of the merchant vessel Red Witch, in the 1948 movie, Wake Of The Red Witch;
    - merchant mariner Captain Jack Stuart in the 1942 film, Reap the Wild Wind; and
    - WW II USN veteran Mike Donovan in the 1963 film, Donovan's Reef.
    I've seen all but two of these films, but I don't recall in which film Wayne 
    wields a sextant and reads the latitude and longitude directly from the 
    instrument. I would hazard a guess that it was in either The Sea Chase or The 
    Wake Of The Red Witch.
    Cheers,
    Chris Willmes
    

       
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