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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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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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Reportedly Warner Bros. had originally intended to make only a two-reel documentary on the Merchant Marines, but as the war progressed, it was decided to make an entire feature film instead, the result of which was this film. See more »

Goofs

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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Boats O'Hara: [about the crew of the surfaced U-Boat] Why they're taking pictures of us.
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A Wonderful Semi-Documentary Story of the American Merchant Navy.
15 July 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Of all the war films produced by Warners Bros during the 40's, this one stands out as one of the best. It brings it home to the audience, what a magnificent and worthwhile job the merchant navy did for the war effort. Humphrey Borgart (Joe Rossi ), an officer in the American merchant navy, along with his skipper Raymond Massey, and the survivors of their crew, spend several days adrift, after being sunk by a German U boat. It is interesting to note, that at the time the film was made, America had just come into the war, and the script makes several refences as why they are fighting. One touching scene is when Raymond Massey comes home to his wife. The later part of the story, is concerned with a large convoy to Murmansk. Even now nearly 50 years after the it was made, the film stands up remarkably well, including the special effects, which are particularly well done.I advise anybody,even if they are not interested in the last war , to see this film, and say a special thanks to the men of the allied merchant navy's. It is pleasing to watch a film about the less glamorous side of the Allied war effort.


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