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"Windjammer" Cast & Credit

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Thomas Hauerslev Issue 66 - November 2001
windjammerpcf1.jpg (108770 byte)"Windjammer" World premiere in Hollywood. Post card.

Original title:
Windjammer. Danish title: Windjammer. Working title: A Cinemiracle Adventure. Foreign titles: France ("La Grande Rencontre"); Filmed in: 3x35mm, 6 perforations, 26 frames per second. Principal cinematography filmed in: Cinemiracle. Presented in: 3 strip Cinemiracle. Aspect ratio: 2,72:1 - 2,77:1. 146 degrees horizontally and 55 degrees vertically. Country of origin: USA. Year of production: 1956 - 1957. Released by: NTA Pictures. World premiere: Graumans Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, USA (08.04.1958 - 17.12.1958 36 weeks). European premiere: Colosseum, Oslo, Norway (Monday 27.04.1958). USA Premieres: Roxy, New York (09.04.1958 - 30.09.1958 24 weeks). Boston, Boston (33 weeks). Century, Minneapolis (32 weeks). Boyd Theatre, Philiadelphia (16 weeks). Paramount, Seattle (13 weeks). Chicago Opera House (15 weeks). Martin Cinerama Theatre, Atlanta (28.02.196?). Bronxville, Bronxville (22.07.1960). London premiere: Odeon, Tottenham Court Road (14.05.1958 - 01.11.1959). Cinerama Mobile Theatre (Itinerama): Paignton, Nottingham (23.01.1966 - 13.02.1966). Danish premiere: Århus Hallen (Monday 01.12.1958 - 03.01.1959 = 34 days). Fyns Forum (09.01.1959 - 25.01.1959 = 16 days). Aalborg Hallen (29.01.1959 - 08.02.1959 = 11 days). Herning Hallen (17.02.1959 - 27.02.1959 = 11 days). Århus Hallen (12.03.1959 - 19.04.1959 = 39 days). Forum, Copenhagen (01.05.1959 - 13.09.1959 = 136 days) and Det ny Scala, Copenhagen (06.10.1959 - 29.03.1960 = 175 days). Total 422 days in Denmark. Germany: Sportpalast, Berlin (02.04.1959). Sweden premiere: Vinterpalatset, Stockholm (03.09.1958). Royal, Malmø (17.03.1961 - 28.11.1961 shown 298 times. Re-released 27.05.1963 shown 21 times). Draken, Göteborg (7 weeks). Nederland premiere; Cinerama, Rotterdam (16.04.1964 6 months).
Further in 70mm reading:

The Danes And The Windjammers

The Return of "Windjammer" Update by August 1996

"Windjammer" in Denmark

Is Windjammer the Queen of Kitsch?

"Windjammer" Director Passes Away

Internet link:

windjammerpcs.jpg (84438 byte)"Windjammer" world premiere in Hollywood. Post card

Producer: Louis de Rochemont. Directors: Louis de Rochemont III and Bill Colleran. Directors of photography: Gayne Rescher, A.S.C. and Joseph Brun. Film editor: Peter Ratkevich. Music: Morton Gould. Director of sound: Richard J. Pietschmann, Jr.

Cast (role):
Yngvar Kjelstrup (Captain), Niels Arntsen (First officer), Oscar Strønen (Second officer), Semund Remøy (Third officer), Nils Hermansen (Chief engineer), Gunnulv Hauge (Doctor), Harmvild Landstad (Sergeant), Asbjørn Espenak (First bosun), Arian Fredriksen (Second bosun), Arne Andersen (Motorman), Sverre Solheim (Steward), Eric Sandbach (First cook), Knut Iversen (Second cook), Sigurd Borgen (Sailmaker), Gunnar Haugsvaer (First assistant bosun), Trygve Bendiksen (Second assistant bosun), Lasse Kolstad (Third assistant bosun). Cadets: Harald Tusberg (#32), Sven Erik Libaek (#35), Kaare Terland (#2), Jon Reistad (#16), Frode Ringheim (#24) and Per Johnsen (#33). Other cadets: Bjørn Sandbech (#1), Tor Markussen (#3), Leiv Fornes (#4), Bjørn Amvik (#5), Reidar Kjelstrup (#6), Arild Kristoffersen (#7), Frithjof Thoresen (#8), Johan Egeland (#9), Geir Ivar Nustad (#10), Jørgen Lanes (#11), Olav Knudsen (#12), Tormod Tofteland (#13), Tor Fossnes (#14), Fred Hegerstrøm (#15), Otto Snildal (#17), Carl Robert Pihl (#18), Tor Rue (#19), Harry Guttersrud (#20), Per Antonsen (#21), Edvard Hokland (#22), Svein Aske (#23), Peer Dahl (#25), Hans Tandberg (#26), Eigil Sandnes (#27), Jan Christiansen (#28), Jan Høyberg (#29), Kjell Holm (#30), Even Børresen (#31), Jan Halvorsen (#34), Audun Heggertveit (#70), Ola Maerk (#71), Per Kirkaune (#72), Kjell Kristensen (#73), Bjørn Owren (#80), Stein Petterson (#81), Tor-Arne Strømmen (#82), Thormod Saglien (#83), Thor Dalelv (#84) and Tore Bilet (#85). In Oslo: Captain Aksel Molvig, Captain Rudolf Heistand, Members of the Eastern Norwegian Schoolship Association, Officers and men of the royal Norwegian Navy aboard the K.N.M. Garm and the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club. In Madeira: Staff and orchestra of the Hotel Savoy, Delegacao de Turismo de Madeira (Basto Machado, Vasco Mendes, Joao Periera), Mrs Cary Garton, Senhor Toni Nunes, Mountain Shepherds Band and Dancers, The Camacha Dancers, The Folkloric Dancers, Gov and Mrs Luis Munoz-Marin, pablo Casals, Alexander Schneider, Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In St Thomas: Blue Manta Underwater Swimming Club (Dr Dean Clyde, leader). In Trinidad: The Boys Town Steel Band, The Silvertones Steel Band, Peter Rapseys Ocean Extravaganza Group, Mayor Louis Rotant of Port-of-Spain, Royal Norwegian Consul Mathias J Oeren, Mighty Skipper, Mighty Viper, Lord Superior, Al Thomas, The March of Dimes Singing Sextet, The Limbo Dance Group (featuring Henry "Junio" Trim), Port-of-Spain Police Brass band and Mounted Officers. In Curacao: Folk Dance Group of Peter Styvesant School (featuring Marian Tulleners and Goutje Kanbier), Pastor Siem, Norwegian Seamens Home (P.J. Evertsz, James Leander). In Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens (Henning Soage, Inge Bock), Tivoli Boys Royal Guard and band (Captain O E Qvist, director), Jørn Tunbo. In New York City: Wilbur de Paris, Sydney de Paris, Omar Simson, Lee Blair, Arthur Fielder and the Boston "Pops" Orchestra. Personnel and ships of the United States Navy: R Adm Joseph C Daniels, Commander Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet; Submarine Squadron Twelve (Captain W F Schlech, Jr., commanding; Cmdr. A. F. Betzel), Underwater Swimmers School, Key West, Florida (Lt. Cmdr. J. C. Roe, commanding: Lt. (j.g.) H. A. Jones, J. R. Hazelwood, R. W. Shouse); officers and men of USS Odax (SS 484) (Lt. Cmdr. E. Barrett, commanding); officers and men of USS Thornback (SS 418) (Lt. Cmdr. O. J. Bryant, commanding); officers and men of USS Chivo (SS 341) (Lt. Cmdr. W.D. Dietricksen, commanding); officers and men of USS Bushnell (AS 15) (Captain J. B. Hess, commanding); Cmdr. Russel Crenshaw, commanding officer of USS Forrest Sherman (DD 931); Underwater Demolitian Team Twnty-One (Cmdr. Frank B. Kaine, commanding; William O Brien, George Ball); officers and men of USS Willis A. Lee (DL 4); officers and men of USS Manley (DD 940); officers and men of USS Gyatt (DDG 712); officers and men of USS Stribling (DD 867); officers and men of USS Becuna (SS 426); Operation "Springboard" task Force 81.3 headed by USS Valley Forge (CSV 45). And men and boys of the Oslo windjammer S/S Christian Radich. 

Production company: Louis de Rochemont Cinemiracle Productions, Inc. from National Theatres, Inc. Associate producers: Louis de Rochemont III, Borden Mace, Thomas Orchard and Lothar Wolff. Production controller: Martin Maloney. Executive producer for National Theatres: Elmer C Rhodes, president. Production staff: William H. Terry, James A. Petrie, Michael A. Roemer, Ronald Hobin, Ivan A. Jacobsen, Costa de Sala, Jean Pages and Curtis W. Davis. Assistant to the directors: George Vosburgh. Story consultants: Captain Alan Villiers and James L Shute. Story: Louis de Rochemont III. Camera assistant: Fred Montague. Camera operator: Coleman Thomas Conroy, Jr. Camera technician: Bob Gaffney. Cameras: Mitchell Camera Corporation. Production equipment: Production Equipment Company. Still photographers: Ormond Gigli, Finn Bergan, Aasmund Revold, Donald Christie, Raul Perestrello, Fred Fischer, Sam Rosenberg and Tex Brewer. Chief grip: Michael Mahony. Grips: Asbjørn and Arian Fredriksen. Second grip: Kenneth Fundus. Generator operator: Harvey Genkins. Special New York Photography: Weegee. Prolog (35mm) photography: Finn Bergan and Aasmund Revold. Assistant film editors: Richard Sears, Vito Doino and Jerry Klein. Songs: "Marianne" Terry Gilkyson. "Kari waits for me", "The sea is green", "Everybody loves Saturday night", "The village of New York", "Sweet sugar cane", " Don't hurry worry me" and "Life on the ocean wave Terry Gilkyson and The easy Riders [Richard Dehr and Frank Miller]. "Piano concerto i A monor" Edvard Grieg. Performed by: Sven Erik Libaek and The Boston Pops Orchestra. Conducter: Arthur Fielder. "Song of the Birds" cello soloist Pablo Casals, violinist Alexander Schneider, pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Conductor of the Cinemiracle Symphony Orchestra: Jack Shaindlin. Sound engineers: Robert A. Sherwood, James O. Porter and Eugene W. Wood. Sound effects editor: Frederick G. White. Chief lighting: Frank Rutledge. Electricians: Egil Tressalt, Billy Ward, Bobby Meyerhoff, Willy Meyerhof and Richard Falk. 
1958windjammerchinese.jpg (63493 byte)Ticket from "Windjammer"'s world premiere  in Hollywood.

Locations: Oslo (Norway), Funchal (Madeira), Port of Spain (Trinidad), Willemstad (Island of Curacao), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (Virgin Islands), New York (USA), Porthsmouth (USA). Copenhagen & Helsingør (Denmark) Production start: Voyage began Saturday 08.12.1956 - Saturday 03.08.1957 (238 days). Unit publicist: James W. Hardiman. General business manager: John J. Wingerter. Technical consultant: Captain Alan Villiers, S.S. Mayflower. Technical advisers: Cmdr. Antoine W. Venn, Jr., U.S.N.; Alf Bjercke, Oslo, Eigil Tressalt, Oslo; Capt Knut Hansen, S.S. Danmark and Captain Paul Heggerstrøm, S.S. Sorlandet. Ships scribe: Erik Bye. Cinemiracle development: National Theatres Amusement Company. Director of research and development: Russel H. McCullough. Electronic lens system development: Smith-Dietrich Corporation. Electronic lens system designer: P. Stanley Smith. Consultant for Smith-Dietrich Corporation: George Wilbur Muffitt. Inventor of Cinemiracle projection system: Russel H. McCullough. Director of technical film services: Richard C. Babish. Projection research engineers: Ray Melling and Mack G. Lunt. Projection design engineers: Stefan Jan Biskup and Carl G. Moeller. Titles: Philip Stapp.

Original soundtrack on: CBS CS 8651 [Electronically re-recorded to simulate stereo]. Side 1: Overture, Windjammer (The ship), Life on the ocean waves, The sea is green, Madeira, Music of Porto Santo, Everybody loves Saturday night, Catalan melody (Song of the bird). Side 2: Night watch (lullaby), Kari waits for me, Marianne, Everybody loves Saturday night, Sugar cane, Don(t hurry worry me, The happy wanderer, The crew (Hornpipe), The village of New York, New York. 

Film: Eastman Kodak Company. Color by: Dubray-Howell. Recorded in: RCA Stereo Hi-Fi 7-track Cinemiracle sound. Running time: 142 minutes including overture, intermission and exit music *). Danish translation by: Ivan A. Jacobsen. Distributor: National Theatres Amusement Company. Danish distributor: Aalborg Hallen & Århus Hallen. Danish regestration: Filmens Hvem Hvad Hvor Vol 3 page 1039. Notes about the filming: Presented in Cinerama in some theatres. Further reading reference: The story of Louis de Rochemonts Windjammer (1958) Random House souvenir book. Wide Screen Movies (1988) McFarland page 40, 43, 45, 55, 235 and 456. "Litt av et Liv!" by Harald Tusberg Dreyers Forlag 1989, Oslo, Norway.

*) New York Times (Bosley Crowther) April 12, 1958 list the film as 128 min

Motion Picture Herald writes April 12, 1958 it´s 145 minutes including a 15 minutes interval.

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