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Submarine Raider (1942)

 -  Drama | War  -  4 June 1942 (USA)
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On December 6, 1941, Captain Yamanada of the Japanese aircraft carrier "Hiranamu", orders full steam ahead for Pearl Harbor. His ship encounters and sinks an American yacht and the single ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Commander Chris Warren
Marguerite Chapman ...
Sue Curry
1st Officer Russell
Warren Ashe ...
Bill Warren
Eileen O'Hearn ...
Vera Lane
Nino Pipitone ...
Captain Yamanada
Philip Ahn ...
1st Officer Kawakami
Larry Parks ...
Rudy Robles ...
Steward Seffi
Roger Clark ...
Grant Duncan
Eddie Laughton ...
Stanley Brown ...
John Shay ...
Gary Breckner ...
Brick Brandon


On December 6, 1941, Captain Yamanada of the Japanese aircraft carrier "Hiranamu", orders full steam ahead for Pearl Harbor. His ship encounters and sinks an American yacht and the single survivor, Sue Curry, is rescued by an American submarine, the "Sea Serpent", commanded by Commander Chris Warren. He hears her story and attempts to radio a warning to Pearl Harbor. Yamanada, hearing the signals, orders the airlines jammed, and then sends his son into the air to sink the sub. The attack fails, after the sub makes a crash dive, but they fail in their warning attempts. The next morning, December 7th, the men on the sub hear the story of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and devise a desperate plan to sink the Japanese carrier by letting the carrier know their position. The carrier comes in search of the submarine. Written by Les Adams <>

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A Girl On A Sub Plays Desperate Hide-And-Seek With The Japs... To Save PEARL HARBOR!


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4 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Submarine Raider  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Japanese carrier plane that attacks the submarine is painted with camouflage. This was never done on carrier-based planes and was reserved for land-based ships. See more »

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A laughable attempt at a propaganda piece
14 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a WWII history buff, I try to watch every WWII film I can find. This one was watchable, but for the informed it was more for comedic effect and an understanding of the racial prejudices of the time than for anything else.

I don't even know where to start with this one but it plays to all of the boogeymen of the immediate pre and post Pearl Harbor attack with it's focus on subversion and sabotage when we later learned that even the Japanese themselves put little faith in the Japanese-Americans in Hawaii.

Perhaps the most laughable aspect was the presentation of a SINGLE Japanese aircraft carrier as being capable of the destruction wrought at Pearl Harbor, when, in fact, it took SIX carriers and on top of that, they portrayed the carrier as operating completely ALONE, when nothing of the sort would've happened.

There is also a scene in which the US Submarine remains on the surface with a single gunner dueling with the attacking Japanese plane when Navy doctrine would've had the sub crash diving upon detection of the incoming plane.

All in all, there are simply too many factual errors to even believe that this film actually had a technical adviser... at least one who had ever gone to sea in anything bigger than a rowboat! The only misinformation missing from this film that I can see is that they didn't try to pin on the blame on FDR as many other crackpots did!

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