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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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Complete credited cast:
Pearl O'Neill
Mrs. Sarah Jarvis
Abel 'Chips' Abrams
Johnnie Pulaski
Peter Whitney ...
Whitey Lara
Dick Hogan ...
Cadet Ezra Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pebbles (scenes deleted)
Ray Montgomery ...
Aherne (scenes deleted)


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!


Drama | War


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Release Date:

12 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heroes Without Uniforms  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director Lloyd Bacon's contract with Warner Bros. expired during production. Jack L. Warner told him, "Finish the picture and we'll talk about it," but Bacon wasn't willing to continue without a contract. Warner fired him and brought in Byron Haskin to finish the film. See more »


On the maiden voyage of the new ship, Captain Jarvis is standing at the rail of the flying bridge with all 3 buttons of his jacket fastened. The view changes to a rear view and when he answers "Very well" to the helmsman and turns toward the camera, his jacket is completely unbuttoned and hanging open. As he then steps down from the bridge and walks toward Lt. Rossi, all 3 buttons of his jacket are once again fastened. See more »


Lieutenant-Commander: [Seeing the battered Liberty Ship pulling into the harbor in Mermansk] It's a miracle!
Rear Admiral Williams: That isn't a miracle; it's American seamanship.
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Music by Daniel E. Kelley
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Great story of Merchant Mariners as service and individuals
15 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a proud graduate of the U.S.Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point.I am also a retired US Navy Captain. The screening of "Action in the North Atlantic" was an annual event at Kings Point, since one of the characters was a Cadet serving sea time as part of his training. Cadet Parker well represents the 142 Cadet-Midshipman who were killed in action in WWII (Kings point is only Federal academy which is thus authorized to carry a Battle flag with their color guard.) The characters are real and Warner Bros. could not have picked a better cast. This movie was and is only one of a handful which tried to show the contribution of the merchant marine during the war. I particularly liked the scene where Alan Hale tries to explain to a couple of his shipmates the meaning of the word "rendezvous". They don't make 'em like that any more. I still watch this flic every time it screens.

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