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Sea of Lost Ships is partly a tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard, but mostly a typical Republic Pictures melange of action, romance and suspense. John Derek plays Grad Matthews, descended from a long line of Coast Guard officers. Through a misunderstanding, Grad is booted out of the Coast Guard academy, but he signs up again as a lowly seaman. When the film isn't detailing the rivalry between Grad and his foster brother Hap O'Malley (Richard Jaeckel), over the affections of the beauteous Pat (Wanda Hendrix), it is offering several nail-biting examples of the Coast Guard's rescue activities on the high seas. Walter Brennan, Tom Tully and Barton MacLane also appear in Sea of Lost Ships, but the film's real stars are special-effects wizards Howard and Theodore Lydecker, whose miniature work -- especially the climactic rescue from an iceberg -- is never less than perfect. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi