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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.


(as Albert Rogell)


(from the story "Mystery Ship" by) (as Commander Herbert A. Jones U.S.N.) , (screen play), 1 more credit »
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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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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

20 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mystery Ship  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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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 »


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 »


'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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Features Her Man (1930) See more »


Pretty Baby
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne
Background music during the Coney Island scenes
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Awfully dull--you can find better similar pictures out there.
19 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Suicide Fleet" is an amazingly dull film about three guys (two of which are real jerks) in the US Navy. All three (William Boyd, James Gleason and Robert Armstrong) are in the navy and are infatuated with a young lady (Ginger Rogers). However, she loves Boyd and the other two spend much of the movie lying to their 'friend' and trying to steal the girl for themselves. These antics were very tedious and the chemistry between these three is quite poor--making it difficult to like them or care about them.

The three eventually volunteer for special duty about a sailing ship that looks similar to a German one that has been disguising itself as a Norwegian fishing boat. The plan is that when the subs come to refuel and be refitted, they'll alert the American fleet to intercept them. Despite a fairly interesting plot, the film suffers from uninspired acting, dull characters and a need for more action. I've seen quite a few other military films made in the 1930s--most of which were frankly a lot more interesting than this one. Aside from a chance to see Ginger Rogers before her big Hollywood makeover or Boyd before he re-created himself as Hopalong Cassidy, there isn't a lot to recommend this one.

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