Model Ship Movies up to 1959

This is a list of movies released up to the end of 1959 that I know ( because I have watched them) or I believe ( 'cause I've read about them but not seen them...yet?)  have shots of model ships in them. I will be adding to this list from time to time as my research progresses, so this page is always under construction. Please let me know of any I have might have missed, particularly from European  and Japanese films of which I know very little about and would like to know a great deal more.

Clicking on any link will take you to the page for that title. No link means I haven't done that title yet.
Some links may take you to the sister site when there has a title that has a model ship appearing in it though it predominantly features model aircraft. 




Isle of Lost Ships 1929 Warner Bros


The Most Dangerous Game 1932 RKO Vernon L Walker
The Devil and the Deep 1932 Paramount
A House Divided 1932 Universal John P Fulton
King Kong 1933 RKO
Whom the Gods Destroy 1934 Columbia
China Seas 1935 MGM James Basevi
Dantes Inferno 1935 20th Century Fox Fred Sersen
Captain Blood 1935 Warner Bros Fred Jackman
Hearts in Bondage 1936 Republic Pictures Bud Thackery
Sea Devils 1937 RKO Vernon L Walker
Souls at Sea 1937 Paramount Gordon Jennings
Submarine D1 1937 Warner Bros Byron Haskin H F Koenekamp
Captains Courageous 1937 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Fire Over England 1937 London Films Ned Mann Lawrence Butler
History is made at night 1937 United Artists James Basevi
Spawn of the North 1938 Paramount
The Big Broadcast of 1938 1938 Paramount Gordon Jennings
Jamaica Inn 1939 Paramount
Q Planes 1939 Columbia
Rulers of the Sea 1939 Paramount
Thunder Afloat 1939 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
The Roaring Twenties 1939 Warner Bros Byron Haskin
Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Columbia Roy Davidson


Swiss Family Robinson 1940 RKO Vernon L Walker
The Sea Hawk 1940 Warner Bros
The Long Voyage Home 1940 United Artists Ray Binger, R T Layton
Women in War 1940 Republic Pictures
Convoy 1940 RKO
Captain Caution 1940 United Artists Roy SeaWright
New Moon 1940 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Phantom Raiders 1940 MGM
Strange Cargo 1940 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Sailors Three 1940 Ealing studios Roy Kellino Douglas Woolsey
AllThroughTheNight 1941 Warner Bros Edwin DuPar
This Woman is Mine 1941 Universal John P Fulton
The Sea Wolf 1941 Warner Bros
That Hamilton Woman 1941 United Artists Lawrence Butler

Ships With Wings 1941 Ealing Studios Roy Kellino, Norman Ough, Cliff Richardson, Douglas Woolsey
The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya aka Hawai Mare Okikaisen 1942 Toho Eiji Tsubaraya
AcrossThePacific 1942 Warner Bros Byron Haskin, Willard Van Enger
The Navy Comes Through 1942 RKO
Mrs Minniver 1942 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
In Which We Serve 1942 United Artists
Reap the Wild Wind 1942 Paramount Gordon Jennings
The Black Swan 1942 20th Century Fox Fred Sersen
San Demetrio London 1943
Syd Howell, Roy Kellino
Northern Pursuit 1943 Warner Bros Roy Davidson
So Proudly We Hail 1943 Paramount Gordon Jennings
Corvette K-225 1943 Universal
Crash Dive 1943 20th Century Fox Fred Sersen
A Guy named Joe 1943 MGM A. Arnold Gillespie, Don Jahraus
Action in the North Atlantic 1943 Warner Bros Jack Cosgrove
Destroyer 1943 Columbia
Stand by for Action 1943 MGM A. Arnold Gillespie
We Dive At Dawn 1943 Gainsborough
Destination Tokyo 1943 Warner Bros Lawrence Butler
Edge of Darkness 1943 Warner Bros Lawrence Butler
Dangerous Passage 1944

The Princess and the Pirate 1944 Samuel Goldwyn Company R.O.Binger Clarence Slifer
Passage To Marseille 1944 Warner Bros Jack Cosgrove
Lifeboat 1944 20th Century Fox Fred Sersen
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1944 MGM A. Arnold Gillespie, Donald Jahraus
They Were Expendable 1945 MGM A. Arnold Gillespie
Captain Kidd 1945 United Artists
The Spanish Main 1945 RKO Vernon L. Walker
Two Years Before the Mast 1946 Paramount Gordon Jennings
Anna and the King of Siam 1946 20th Century Fox Fred Serson
Green Dolphin Street 1947 MGM A. Arnold Gillespie
Sinbad the Sailor 1947 RKO Vernon L. Walker
Harold Wellman
Unconquered 1947 Paramount Gordon Jennings
Deep waters 1948 20th Century Fox Fred Sersen
Hamlet 1948 Denham Studios George Blackwell, Bill Warrington, James Snow
Luxury Liner 1948 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Wake of the red Witch 1948 Republic Pictures Howard Lydcker, Theodore lydecker
Portrait of Jennie 1948 The Selznick Studio Clarence Slifer
Malaya 1949 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Ealing Studios Syd Pearson
Down to the Sea in Ships 1949 20th Century Fox
Whiskey galore 1949 Ealing Studios Syd Pearson


Buccaneers Girl 1950 Universal David S Horsley
Captain China 1950 Paramount
Last of the Buccaneers 1950 Columbia
Fortunes of Captain Blood 1950 Columbia
Morning Departure 1950

Tripoli 1950 Paramount Darrel A. Anderson, Alex Weldon
Adventures of Captain Fabian 1951 Republic Pictures
Anne of the Indies 1951 Twentieth Century Fox Fred Sersen
Captain Horatio Hornblower 1951 Warner Bros
Double Crossbones 1951 Universal
Operation Pacific 1951 warner Bros H.F. Koenekamp
The African Queen 1951 United Artists
Sealed Cargo 1951 RKO
Against All flags 1952 Universal David S Horsley
Blackbeard the Pirate 1952 RKO
Captain Pirate 1952 Columbia
The Crimson Pirate 1952 Warner Bros
Plymouth Adventure 1952 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Les Miserables 1952 Twentieth Century Fox
Yankee Buccaneer 1952 Universal David S Horsley
Glory At Sea AKA Gift Horse 1952
Wally Veevers
Mutiny 1952
Jack Cosgrove
Stars and Stripes Forever 1952 20th Century Fox Ray Kellogg
Raiders of the Seven Seas 1953
Fair Wind to Java 1953 Republic Pictures
City Beneath the Sea 1953 Universal
The Cruel Sea 1953 Universal
Sea of Lost Ships 1953 Republic Pictures
Botany Bay 1953 Paramount Gordon Jennings
Titanic (1953) 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Ray Kellogg
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Ray Kellogg
Dangerous Crossing 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Ray Kellogg
Blueprint For Murder 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Ray Kellogg
Sailor of the King 1953 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 Twentieth Century Fox
Hell and High Water 1954 Twentieth Century Fox
Hell below Zero 1954 Columbia Bill Warrington
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 Beuna Vista
The Caine Mutiny 1954 Columbia
Crest of a Wave AKA Seagulls over Sorrento 1954
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Ulysses 1954

The Maggie AKA High and Dry 1954 Ealing Studios
Alaska Seas 1954 Paramount John P. Fulton
The Cockleshell Heroes 1955 Columbia
The Sea Chase 1955 Warner Bros H.F. Koenekamp
Away All Boats 1956 Universal Clifford Stine
The Revolt of Mamie Stover 1956 20th Century Fox Ray Kellogg
The Battle of the River Plate 1956 Rank Organization
Moby Dick 1956 Warner Bros
The King and I 1956 20th Century Fox Ray Kellogg
Around the World in 80 Days 1956
Fred Sersen
Yangtse Incident 1957 George Blackwell
The Enemy Below 1957 Twentieth Century Fox L B Abbott
Barnacle Bill AKA All at Sea 1957

The Buccaneer 1958 Paramount John P Fulton
The Key 1958 Columbia Willis Cook
Sea Fury 1958 Rank
Run Silent Run Deep 1958 United Artists A Arnold Gillespie
Torpedo Run 1958 MGM
A Night to Remember 1958 Rank Organization
Dunkirk 1958 MGM
Up the Creek 1958

Submarine Seahawk 1958 American International Pictures
7th Voyage of Sinbad 1958 Columbia Ray Harryhausen
Battle of the Coral sea 1959 Columbia
Ben-Hur 1959 MGM
The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1959 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Ferry to Hong Kong 1959
Syd Pearson


  1. With regard to the US Navy submarine that tangled with the dreaded 'Sectopus' creature in the movie "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955)

    Profiles in History "Hollywood Auction 96" December 11-14, 2018

    Using their pdf catalog:

    On page 223:

    "799. Ray Harryhausen submarine model miniature from It Came from Beneath the Sea. (Columbia, 1955) Vintage original model miniature or maquette constructed of carved wood, metal components and an acetate fin measuring 9.5 in. long x 1.25 in wide. Expertly painted in gunmetal, military gray and with hand painted black portals on the hull and the number “347” in pale gray paint on the turret. This model resembles the actual subs that appear in stock footage in the film. It could have been used as a model maquette or as a scale model for interaction with the miniature “Sectopus” stop-motion puppet (Harryhausen lacked the budget for the additional 2-tentacles that would have made it an Octopus!) From Ray Harryhausen’s 3rd feature. Exhibiting production wear, use, age and handling. Some worn paint, and partial missing wood from fin. In vintage good to very good condition.$4,000 - $6,000"

    Entry includes one photo of the model and a film still.

  2. Missing from the list is the 1938 musical comedy 'The Big Broadcast of 1938'. The plotline is built around a TransAtlantic race between two ocean liners, the 'Colossal' (A thinly disguised version of the 'Normandie'.) and the 'Gigantic' (The model is based off 1930s proposals for a never built streamlined ocean liner with the addition of a large number of aero engines.)

    1. Thanks Graham, I have that title on my radar but have neglected to add it to the list.I will attend to that oversight.

  3. The 1943 movie "Air Force" makes extensive use of ship models in a climactic sea and air battle towards the end of the movie.

  4. Thanks for the suggestion. I am aware of that movie, It was on my radar for the modelaircraftinthecinema site but it does certainly deserve an entry here.

  5. Have you seen this great film?

    1. I have a copy of it but have not yet watched it. Thanks for reminding me, it should be on the list but I seem to have omitted it.


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