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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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Seaman Jenks
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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The photographic crew devised a scheme to photograph targets through a periscope, with a series of lenses and prisms. 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 »

Quotes

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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If I Had You
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Ted Shapiro
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This movie has it all: action, melodrama, comedy, and romance!
27 August 2000 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

Robert Montgomery and Robert Young are outstanding as a duo of young submarine officers stationed in Italy during World War I. The dialog is highly entertaining, and Jimmy Durante is hilarious as the ship's cook, "Ptomaine". Walter Huston's character is inspiring as the captain of the submarine, a stellar example of an officer and a gentleman. One of the most interesting aspects of this movie was the level of technology displayed in the battle scenes. I was surprised at how similar the technology of World War I was to the technology displayed 25 years later in World War II. Basic human nature was portrayed as very similar to modern times, and far from the conservativism I thought existed in the so-called "innocent" past. All in all I felt that the cast, characters, action scenes, and view of history depicted in this movie were first-rate.


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