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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 12 June 1943 (USA)
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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Two replica ships were built on the Warner Brothers sound stages before John Howard Lawson's screenplay for this movie was even completed. See more »

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During the near collision, the helms man on the second ship was given an order to turn to starboard (right). The ship turned left which is the correct maneuver, but not the correct order. See more »

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Lt. Joe Rossi: Baby, there's one thing you gotta understand. Maybe we guys know more about what's going on than most people. We've been hanging around Axis ports for a long time and we've seen what they do. What we've seen ain't nice. So we... we can't sit around holding hands with all that going on.
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Music by Daniel E. Kelley
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Memorial for the merchant heroes
7 February 2005 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

I got to this movie more or less by chance and didn't know the background. However, this thing is rather gripping, suspenseful and emotional. It stars H. Bogart and R. Massey as the 2nd in command forced into the lead, when Massey as the skipper is heavily wounded in an air-attack on his Liberty freighter on the way to Murmansk. The ship is trailed by a German U-Boat, that is kept at distance during day light, but will certainly torpedo them at night and prevents them from rejoining their convoy, as they don't want to disclose it's course to the Germans. How they finally go thru alive and reach Murmansk offers many ways to show the heroics of the unlisted merchant sailors, who contributed in the same way as the Navy to the victory in war. All that is conveyed very well, sometimes to message-like, sometimes to much propaganda, but what you expect in 1943 ?. Some fun on the side : In the German (dubbed) version , all the Germans (esp. Pilots and Sub Marine Commanders) speak a (original, non dubbed) heavy chewing gum English, whereas the Americans speak perfect German. Such is the war (in the movies)


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