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Hell Below (1933)

Passed | | Romance, Drama, War | 9 June 1933 (USA)
On leave in Italy, Lt. Tommy Knowlton falls in love with Jean Standish, who's not only married, but is the daughter of his submarine's commander. Friction between the two officers becomes ... See full summary »

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Lieut. Comdr. T.J. Toler USN
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Joan
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'Ptomaine' - Ships Cook
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Mac Dougal - Chief Torpedo Man
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Lieut. (JG) 'Brick' Walters
Edwin Styles ...
Herbert Standish - Flight Comdr.
John Lee Mahin ...
Lieut. (JG) 'Speed' Nelson
David Newell ...
Lieut. (JG) Radford
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Charles Irwin ...
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On leave in Italy, Lt. Tommy Knowlton falls in love with Jean Standish, who's not only married, but is the daughter of his submarine's commander. Friction between the two officers becomes intolerable once at sea and after Commander Toler is forced to abandon Tommy's best friend topside while the sub dives to escape enemy planes, Tommy is no longer able to contain his anger. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Romance | Drama | War

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The print shown on TCM is the 1937 re-release, with some bits of 1933 dialogue obviously eliminated in order to meet the stricter standards of the now enforced 1934 production code. See more »

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During the depth charge runs by the German destroyer, in multiple scenes, the wake of the camera-crew ship is clearly visible in the lower right corner. See more »

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Buck Teeth Sergeant: What's that lump on your face, Yank?
Ptomaine: Bunker Hill. You want to climb it?
Buck Teeth Sergeant: Well, I don't see no steps.
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Dedicated to those officers and men of the United States Navy, who, in peace and war, volunteer their lives in one of the most hazardous branches of its service: submarines. See more »

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Show Me the Way To Go Home
(1925) (uncredited)
Written by Irving King
Played during the opening credits
Sung a cappella by Robert Young
Played on piano by Robert Montgomery
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Men on a Sub
10 April 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Exciting, action-packed, and interesting film telling the tale of a group of men stationed at a naval base in Italy and their adventures aboard a Navy submarine during WWI. Tommy and Brick (played by Robert Montgomery and Robert Young) are two pals, and make for a couple of very handsome officers, I must say. A new Captain arrives on-board, already known by a few as "Dead Pan" Toler (Walter Huston) and he's a real stickler for following the rule book and a "code of honor". Soon Tommy and Brick are chasing after an attractive blonde at an officer's dance, Tommy insults the Captain - and, of course, the blonde is actually the Captain's daughter. But Tommy wins out anyway as he and the daughter sneak away from the dance to a street carnival outside, and soon bond during an air raid - unfortunately for him, she reveals she is married. Later Tommy gets himself into some real trouble when he disobeys orders in an effort save his buddy.

This film is quite entertaining with an absorbing plot line that held my interest and top-notch performances by all. A climactic death scene featuring Sterling Holloway is haunting indeed - the most memorable scene in this film, I thought. Eugene Palette and Jimmy Durante add some humor here playing a couple of goofballs - Durante's character is actually studying to be a dentist via mail-order and continually has onshore run-ins with a British man who makes fun of his nose. Okay - if you're looking for a movie showing a man boxing a kangaroo, this would be the one.


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