A movie that came out in 1956 regarding the take down of the pocket Battleship Graf Spee. Was a Brooklyn Class Heavy Cruiser standing in for the GS ? Its explained some what in the movie that Capt Langsdorf had made an extra turret out of plywood and a smoke stack out of paper, and put a big white number on the bow to cause a bit of confusion to the enemy.
Was this the best they could do shortly after world war 2 concidering that the English ships were on point. While no suriving copies of the Class would have survived, I think I would have perfered that they used models instead a stand in.
According to IMDB it was the USS Salem, a Des Moines class heavy cruiser, I don’t have a problem with the substitution of the ship but there are a couple of scenes on the ship showing gun crews wearing American style helmets which I find a bit jarring whenever I watch the movie
The other ships used were
H.M.S. Sheffield as H.M.S. Ajax
I.N.S. Delhi (formerly H.M.N.Z. Achilles) as itself
H.M.S Cumberland as itself
H.M.S Jamaica as H.M.S Exeter
Per the Wikipedia article on the movie, the USS Salem was an active duty U.S. Navy ship, which the Navy “lent” to the production, and the Navy refused to allow the crew to wear a foreign military helmet while on the ship.
Per that article, the U.S. Navy also refused to allow German/Nazi emblems to be displayed on the ship, so footage showing the German flag was actually shot on a different, British, ship.