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Thunder Afloat (1939)

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



(screen play), (screen play) (as Commander Harvey Haislip) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
John Thorson
'Rocky' Blake
Virginia Grey ...
Susan Thorson
District Commander (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Carl Esmond ...
U-Boat Captain
'Cap' Finch
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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JUST LIKE THE HEADLINES! Now it can be told how two-fisted sea-going Yankees fought German U-boats invading American waters in the last war! Beery's back with thrills and laughs in today's timeliest picture! See more »


Romance | Drama | War | Action


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Release Date:

15 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitão Thorson  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Wednesday 20 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its New York City television premiere occurred Sunday 22 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 7 May 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »


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


Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Played and sung by a chorus during the recruiting sequence
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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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