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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

 -  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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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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According to the DVD sleeve notes, this movie was used a a recruiting film for the US Merchant Marine. They also state that the film utilized real war combat footage. See more »

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When leaving the seaport for the first time, the rudder commands do not make sense. The skipper did not a specific degree of rudder turn (i.e. 10 degrees or 1/3 rudder). Nor did he give a specific course for the helms man to steer (i.e. 150 degrees magnetic). See more »

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Lt. Joe Rossi: These nights are killers, aren't they?
Cadet Robert Parker: Yeah, I lie in my bunk with my clothes on and try to sleep, but every time that engine slows, my heart speeds up. In time, I think I can train myself to have an iron nerve, like you have.
Lt. Joe Rossi: Yeah, let me tell you something about my "iron nerve," son. It's made of rubber just like everybody else's, so it'll stretch when you need it. People got a funny idea that being brave is not being scared. I don't know, I always figured, you weren't scared, there's nothing...
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Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
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Played when the Seawitch heads out to sea
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Efficient propaganda potboiler…

"Action in the North Atlantic" contained all the stock clichés, including the well-integrated crew with each member delivering his own stereotyped ethnic exhortations, the traditional burial at sea of a prized compatriot, and a tough stand against the enemy…

All the performers took a back seat to the special effects as two spectacularly staged shipboard explosions and fires dominated the film…

As, respectively, the lieutenant and captain aboard a merchant-marine ship, Bogart and Massey had little real chance to show much more than pure determination in their roles, but both alternated effectively between moments of tenderness when on shore with their loved ones (Julie Bishop for Bogart, Ruth Gordon for Massey) and extreme courage on board ship…

Both men uttered the usual wartime banalities as the enemy, consistently portrayed as vicious and inhuman, went about its business of machine-gunning men in lifeboats, maniacally smiling all the while…

Firmly directed by Lloyd Bacon, "Action in the North Atlantic" still works as a war actioner…


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