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Hell Below (1933)

Passed  -  Romance | Drama | War  -  9 June 1933 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lieut. Thomas Knowlton USN
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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 ...
Buck Teeth Sergeant
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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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9 June 1933 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Considerable variations in running times were reported in reviews from press previews. Daily Variety reported a time of 155 minutes on 17 March 1933 while the Motion Picture Herald reported 78 minutes on 15 April 1933. In its review, Variety listed 105 minutes on 2 May 1933, but the TCM print was 101 minutes long. See more »

Goofs

The clothing and hairstyles of Madge Evans and the rest of the female members of the cast, are all strictly in the 1933, not 1918 mode, despite the tremendous changes that had taken place in those fifteen intervening years. See more »

Quotes

Mac Dougal - Chief Torpedo Man: What could be sweeter? You hit a limey and you hit a marine all at the same time.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Luigi Denza
Played at a street carnival
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Great Action Among the Awful Acted Love Triangle
23 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It Seems that MGM was Determined to give Audiences Their Moneys Worth when They Bought a Depression Era Ticket to this WWI War Movie. If You Look for the Kitchen Sink in this don't be Surprised if You find it.

The Most Impressive Elements of this Mostly Exciting Entertainment are the Battle Sequences that Play Realistic and Pack Quite a Wallop. There are Air Raids that Almost Destroy a City, Submarine Peril, Machine Gun Battles with Bi-Planes, Destroyers being Destroyed, Death, Poison Gas, and some Undersea Suspense that has become the Staple of Every Submarine Movie to Follow.

The Comedy Bits, mostly with Jimmy Durante, are OK but Overdone. But it is the Romantic Subplot that Keeps this from becoming Great Cinema. The Lovers Speeches are Badly Written and Delivered by the Actors even Worse. The Triangle is so Melodramatically put in Place for who knows what Reason, is a Show Stopper and not in a Good Way.

The Cast of Walter Huston, Robert Montgomery, and Robert Young, Among Others, do Their Best Work away from the Awful Acting of the Female (Madge Evans) Central to the Overwritten Plot. The Movie is just too Full of too Many Things to be a Coherent Whole. But the Best Parts are Outstanding and Manage to Compensate for all of the Extra Ingredients.

Note...Some prints (like the one on TCM) are Re-Release versions and have some dialog clipping to satisfy Hays Code requirements that is abrupt and intrusive at times.


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