Cancelled Movies. Wiki

The novel was optioned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with the intention of having Alfred Hitchcock direct the picture (under a two-picture deal), starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. Hitchcock had long wanted to work with Cooper, who had been asked to star in Foreign Correspondent in 1940, and Lancaster, who had been asked to star in Under Capricorn in 1948.


The plot would've told the story of a very old ship described as "a deathtrap of rattling rivets", which is found adrift at sea by salvager John Sands. Sands boards it hoping to claim it for salvage, but finds the first officer, Gideon Patch, still aboard and trying to run the ship on his own. Patch convinces Sands to help him beach the ship, even though it will void his salvage claim. When they return to London, Patch is brought before a board of inquiry to determine what happened. It soon becomes apparent that the shipowners were planning to wreck the Mary Deare all along and have Patch as the fall guy.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. After developing the script with Ernest Lehman for several weeks, they concluded that it could not be done without turning the film into "a boring courtroom drama". And then, after that, they abandoned the idea/


  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer proceeded to make the film with Cooper and director Michael Anderson, which would finally be released in 1959, while Hitchcock went ahead with North by Northwest instead.