|THE KEY (1958)
|Released May 28, 1958 (UK); July 1, 1958 (US)|
|The Key is a British-American 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 Reed.
In wartime England, circa 1941, poorly-armed tugs are sent into “U-Boat Alley” to rescue damaged Allied ships. An American named David Ross arrives to captain one of these tugs. He’s given a key by a fellow tugboat-man — a key to an apartment and its pretty female resident. Should something happen to the friend, Ross can use the key. [IMDb.com]
Trevor Howard won the BAFTA Best British Actor Award in 1958 for his performance.