Captain Karl Ehrlich (John Wayne) is the master of the elderly German steam freighter Ergenstrasse, docked at Sydney, Australia, on the eve of the Second World War. Ehrlich is a former career naval officer who lost his rank and position after refusing to support the current Nazi regime. As his ship prepares for sea (to avoid. German-English Dictionary: Translation for The Alamo [John Wayne]. Directed by John Farrow. With John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger. As World War II begins, German freighter Captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.
No, John Wayne and his crew don't speak German, but what do you expect of a film from this era? In Ben-Hur the Romans speak with British accents and the Jews speak with American accents. The same line of reasoning applies here. The English have British accents and the Germans have American accents. Accept it. 20 Dec John Wayne, through his movies, fought in every American war. The Sea Chase takes place at the onset of World War II. The unique thing is that Wayne plays a German. Don't worry, Wayne, and the rest of the cast, do not even attempt German accents. Wayne plays the captain of a German freighter that is.