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Suicide Fleet (1931)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  20 November 1931 (USA)
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Three US sailors fight German U-boats in World War I aboard a decoy ship and try to win Ginger Rogers who works on the Coney Island midway.

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(as Albert Rogell)

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(from the story "Mystery Ship" by) (as Commander Herbert A. Jones U.S.N.) , (screen play), 1 more credit »
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Baltimore (as Bill Boyd)
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Harry Bannister ...
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Holtzmann
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Captain Von Schlettow
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Three US sailors fight German U-boats in World War I aboard a decoy ship and try to win Ginger Rogers who works on the Coney Island midway.

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Plot Keywords:

u boat | fight | decoy | sailor | morocco | See All (44) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mystery Ship  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

U boats were in fact a significant danger in WWI and every allied merchant fleet suffered serious loss of both ships and men . The Atlantic Convoy System with escort vessels was invented during the Great War, to help counter the threat. See more »

Goofs

When the two sailors are painting the side of the ship and end up 'overboard', the far shot shows them - as has the entire scene - on the port side of the ship, however the closeup alone shows them on the starboard side (the water changes direction in each shot). See more »

Quotes

'Dutch' Herman: Tommy, get hold of our destroyers!
Tommy: You bet! I'll give them the S.O.S.
'Dutch' Herman: S.O.S., hell! Tell them the German subs are planning to attack our troop ships that left New York yesterday.
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Connections

Features Her Man (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

My Gal Sal
(1905) (uncredited)
Written by Paul Dresser
Played on a record aboard ship
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Exciting naval footage
13 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is much better than other reviewers would lead you to believe. If you're a fan of Robert Armstrong, James Gleason and early Ginger Rodgers as I am that would be almost enough. The three guys and a gal plot may seem old now but it wasn't then. It's carried off pretty well here. I appreciated the views of 1930 New York including Luna Park at Coney Island. As far as I can tell the midway was actually filmed at an amusement park in California; it certainly added a sense of reality. I, too was confused by the 1931 clothing in a film taking place in 1917. I kept wondering what war broke out. However, such anachronisms are to be expected in almost every period film. Women's hair styles and makeup always give it away. And if Greed could carry it off wearing late 1890's clothes in 1922 crowds, why complain here?

But the naval scenes are the star here. To my knowledge they are the most extensive authentic scenes ever filmed. It's obvious that the Navy gave it's complete cooperation. Everything looked authentic because it was. I loved that the film shows the German side without prejudice (or subtitles). Frank Reicher and Henry Victor lend an air of authenticity here, too. Except for the semi-comic interludes it could have been an excellent documentary. Over all this should be better known for its appeal to World War I fans and naval historians. Look fast for Richard Alexander (Prince Baron of Flash Gordon) as a crew member with one line.


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