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 ...
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Richard Girard is part of a New Orleans family working closely with the English Warburtons. When Richard meets Mary Warburton she is engaged to Erik von Gerardt. He does wed Mary but their time in America is financially difficult.
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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
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The submarine depicted as U-172 in the film is the USS Argonaut, SS-166, Ex V-4. At the time the largest submarine in the world! The real German WW II U-Boat U-172 was not launched till July 31, 1941. See more »
John Ford's early talkie is not completely satisfying as drama, due to inadequate acting from the juvenile lead and the leading lady, but it is fairly adventurous film-making: much of it is staged on a real boat which is really at sea. This causes problems for the sound recording and the lighting, but gives it an exhilirating, seat-of-the-pants quality. The high point is a surprisingly intense tango sequence in a Canary Islands cantina, almost as memorable as Rita Hayworth and Anthony Quinn's tango in BLOOD AND SAND. All the action sequences are enjoyably handled and George O'Brien agreeably plays the suave captain as a take-charge guy.
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