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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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Boats O'Hara
Julie Bishop ...
Pearl O'Neill
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Mrs. Sarah Jarvis
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Abel 'Chips' Abrams
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Johnnie Pulaski
Peter Whitney ...
Whitey Lara
Dick Hogan ...
Cadet Robert Parker
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Virginia Christine ...
Pebbles (scenes deleted)
Ray Montgomery ...
Aherne (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Drama | War

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Release Date:

12 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heroes Without Uniforms  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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The aircraft used to attack the Sea Witch were Heinkel HE-59 biplanes. See more »

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When the signal officer gave orders for flag hoist, the flags and pennants did correspond to the international flag code. The flags hoisted were pennants. Letter code flags are square. See more »

Quotes

Johnnie Pulaski: If a torpedo ever connected with this ship, we'd go up like a match connected to cellophane. You ain't got a chance!
Boats O'Hara: [Repeating] You ain't got a chance.
Johnnie Pulaski: And "Boom!" You're in the hero department!
Boats O'Hara: Yeah.
Johnnie Pulaski: Just like that and the next thing you know, you're pickin' a milky way outta your ears.
Whitey Lara: Okay, okay, so what?
Johnnie Pulaski: Whatta ya mean, "Okay?"
Chips Abrams: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! I think you got the wromg angle. The way I see it if your ship's number is up, you're gonna get it.
Whitey Lara: Yeah, and suppose my number ain't ...
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23 October 1999 | by (Jacksonville, Florida) – See all my reviews

Certainly there have been many war movies made about WWII. But this is the only one I can recall that is about the Merchant Marines' efforts. Made during the height of the war, this film boasts of a splendid cast (even if they are somewhat predictable in their characters), and spectacular cinematography. I highly recommend this film to those who have never seen it. Bogart & Massey are great. A solid 10.


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