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Thunder Afloat (1939)

Passed  |   |  Romance, Drama, War  |  15 September 1939 (USA)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Thorson
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'Rocky' Blake
Virginia Grey ...
Susan Thorson
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District Commander (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Carl Esmond ...
U-Boat Captain
Clem Bevans ...
'Cap' Finch
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Milo
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Ives
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German U-Boat Officer
Addison Richards ...
Admiral Ross
Hans Joby ...
U-Boat Petty Officer
Henry Hunter ...
Ensign Dyer
Jonathan Hale ...
Admiral Girard
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Romance | Drama | War | Action

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15 September 1939 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Several cast members appearing in this film "Thunder Afloat (1939)" according to studio records were never seen. These were, with their character names: George Guhl (Skipper), Charles Lane (Captain Sabin), Edward LeSaint (Father Burns), Mitchell Lewis (Johnson) and Phillip Terry (Lieutenant West). See more »

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Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

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A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Played and sung by a chorus during the opening credits
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Seitz, Seitz & Beery
31 January 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

By this point in his career, Wallace Berry had settled into the role of MGM's star galoot; accompanied by a kid -- in this case Virginia Grey, a perennial MGM starlet who rarely got a chance to shine -- and opposed by a juvenile lead -- here, the great Chester Morris -- they all get a chance to produce a lot of serio-comic fireworks around the sub-chaser service during the World War One East Coast raids.

Tremendous credit must be offered to director George Seitz -- a specialist in comedy, now best remembered for the Andy Hardy series -- and director of photography John Seitz; sorry, they were not related. These two veterans knew how and when to apply the high-priced gloss that MGM boasted in this period, but also when to settle back and let their actors carry the scenes: Beery, just staring as his ship goes down; Morris grinning as a surly Beery retreats; and Grey looking as if she is going to reach up and clunk the leading men's heads together.

The Beery vehicles of this period were programmers, as close as MGM went to B pictures, carried on his aw-shucks charm. In this one, he has to work for his star credit when everyone is working their hardest. The result is among the best of his last decade.


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