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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  12 June 1943 (USA)
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An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.

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Abel 'Chips' Abrams
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Johnnie Pulaski
Peter Whitney ...
Whitey Lara
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Cadet Robert Parker
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Pebbles (scenes deleted)
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Aherne (scenes deleted)
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Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk. After German subs crushed the convoy his ship loses the convoy and is heading alone to Murmansk. In spite of attacks by German planes and subs he get the ship safely to Murmansk... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Warner Bros. thunderous story of the men of the merchant marine!

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Several writers who worked on the picture, including John Howard Lawson, A.I. Bezzerides and an uncredited Alvah Bessie, were later investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee for "subversive" activities and blacklisted. Bessie and Lawson became known as as members of the Hollywood Ten, a group of writers and directors who refused to answer questions from the Committee by invoking their Fifth Amendment rights under the US Constitution and who were subsequently sent to prison for doing so. See more »

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When the ill-fated Jinks is trapped in the burning rec room during the opening attack, he pounds on the door and flames are flicking through the door frame on the immediate right of him. When one of the crew comes to rescue him, the reverse shot shows no flame whatever within immediate area of the door or frame. See more »

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Capt. Steve Jarvis: [to a departing German U-boat after it has rammed his survivor lifeboat] Go on, laugh, you apes! You've had your blood and fire to make you laugh, but I swear to God our time is comin'! We'll pay ya back! We'll hunt ya down and slice ya like a piece of cheese!
Lt. Joe Rossi: Oh, they can't hear you.
Capt. Steve Jarvis: No, but God can.
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Convoy
1 September 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Action in the North Atlantic" a war time tale of 1943 shows great special effects and battle scenes that have a realistic look to them. In fact, the film which turned up on cable recently, was a total surprise. Director Lloyd Bacon showed a flair with this WWII drama about the men that operated the Merchant Marine.

We are taken to the North Atlantic where a group of ships are made to form a convoy, hoping that being so close to each other, they might be protected from attacks. Little prepared the organizers of this idea for the arrival of the infamous German submarines and planes. The action one sees is centered in the Liberty ship that is heading for the old Soviet Union. The heroic account of what the crew of that ship experienced is a tribute to the courageous men that put their lives in peril in order to get their cargo to the different destinations.

Humphrey Bogart, as Lt. Joe Rossi, makes a great appearance. He is totally believable as the man who takes over for his wounded captain and brings the ship to safety. Raymond Massey plays Capt. Jarvis, a man totally dedicated to his profession. Alan Hale, Sam Levene and Dane Clark are seen as part of the brave crew of the Liberty. Ruth Gordon and Julie Bishop are the women left behind.

The film has a great black and white photography by Ted McCord and a haunting musical score by Adolph Deutsch. The battle scenes were staged by Lloyd Bacon with an uncredited assistance from Raoul Walsh and they are amazing for what was accomplished in those days where the technology wasn't so advanced.


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