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Seas Beneath (1931)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 29 March 1931 (USA)
In the waning days of WWI, a U.S. "Mystery Ship," sets sail for the coast of Spain towing a submarine. Their mission is to find and sink a U-boat that has been especially effective in ... See full summary »

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Cmdr. Robert 'Bob' Kingsley
Marion Lessing ...
Anna Marie Von Steuben
Mona Maris ...
Fraulein Lolita
Walter C. Kelly ...
Chief Mike 'Guns' Costello
Warren Hymer ...
'Lug' Kaufman
Steve Pendleton ...
Ens. Richard 'Dick' Cabot (as Gaylord Pendleton)
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Chief Joe Cobb
Larry Kent ...
Lt. 'Mac' McGregor
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Baron Ernst von Steuben (U-boat commander)
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Franz Shiller
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In the waning days of WWI, a U.S. "Mystery Ship," sets sail for the coast of Spain towing a submarine. Their mission is to find and sink a U-boat that has been especially effective in attacking Allied shipping. Posing as a harmless schooner, the mystery ship is in fact fitted with a formidable gun capable of sinking a U-boat. Stopping in the Canary Islands to refuel, the crew interacts with locals involved with Germans, and with Germans themselves, including the sister of the U-Boat commander, who is lurking offshore waiting for the coming battle. Written by Ron kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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29 March 1931 (USA)  »

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1.20 : 1
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The Navy placed at John Ford's disposal a flotilla of destroyers, cruisers and submarines, as well as the services of naval personnel. See more »

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Here's My Hand - You're in My Heart
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Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
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Interesting early talkie
2 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been working my way through Ford at Fox, and found this to be the most entertaining of Ford's early talkies. After the joy of watching such silents as The Iorn Horse, 3 Bad Men, Four Sons and the Hangman's House, watching such talkies as Up The River and Born Reckless felt like I was paying my dues as a Ford fan.

Seas Beneath was a real breath of fresh air. It plays out like the grand old silents where everything is staged for real. No models, no process shots. Want to shoot a scene at sea? Pack up the gear and go to sea.

While the story has many of the hokey elements of early film melodramas, the scenes at sea are very real and very effective. You won't see better footage of a German submarine until Das Boot. And the scene where they unload the lifeboat onto the American ship: that was no water tank shot.

While Seas Beneath pales in companion to Ford's great films from the 1930's, there is still much to admire in it.


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