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The Key (1958 film)

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The Key
Directed by Carol Reed
Produced by Carl Foreman
Written by Carl Foreman
Based on Stella
1951 novel
by Jan de Hartog[1]
Starring William Holden
Sophia Loren
Trevor Howard
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Edited by Bert Bates
Open Road Films, Ltd.
Highwood Productions, Inc.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 1, 1958
Running time
134 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Key is a 1958 British war film set in 1941 during the Battle of the Atlantic. It was based on the 1951 novel Stella by Jan de Hartog (later republished as The Distant Shore and The Key) and was directed by Sir Carol ReedWilliam HoldenSophia Loren and Trevor Howard starred in the production.

The key to a flat in wartime Britain may augur bad luck for a succession of tug captains of the Royal Navy whose task is to rescue crippled ships in “U-boat Alley.” As each takes possession from his unfortunate predecessor, the flat’s other occupant, a Swiss expatriate named Stella, apparently goes with it. The latest captain struggles with his conflicting fears and affection for its apparent jinx.

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The Key 1958