|Up to His Neck|
|Directed by||John Paddy Carstairs|
|Based on||a story by Peter Rogers|
|Produced by||Hugh Stewart|
|Edited by||Alfred Roome|
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
Group Film Productions Limited
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
|1 August 1954 (UK)|
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Sailor Jack Carter has been marooned for ten years on a South Seas island, and treated as a King by natives. He is eventually rescued by the Royal Navy, who then use him to train up commandos to recover a stolen submarine, and to foil an oriental criminal plot.
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