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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
Sam Levene ...
Abel 'Chips' Abrams
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Johnnie Pulaski
Peter Whitney ...
Whitey Lara
Dick Hogan ...
Cadet Robert Parker
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Pebbles (scenes deleted)
Ray Montgomery ...
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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12 June 1943 (USA)  »

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Alvah Bessie, a writer who worked uncredited on this film, once wrote, according to Bill Collins in his book "Bill Collins Presents the Golden Years of Hollywood", that this movie " . . . was one of very few movies made in America which not only showed there was a trade union movement, but also had scenes in the union hall, said a few basic things about unionism and showed what being a union member could mean for a man." See more »

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Control wires for the German sub model are visible in the underwater shots. See more »

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Lt. Joe Rossi: [about Wright's gun crew] They're takin' 'em kinda young these days, ain't they?
Ens. Wright: We're *getting* them young, Mr. Rossi, we're not taking them. Those boys all volunteered for this duty.
Lt. Joe Rossi: Don't get me wrong, Ensign, I'm not objecting to their youth. I'm all for it.
Ens. Wright: They've all been trained for this job.
Lt. Joe Rossi: Well, I hope so, because just between you and me, Mr. Wright, I don't think *my* men could hit the deck with their hats.
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Home on the Range
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Music by Daniel E. Kelley
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The title says it all
18 May 2000 | by (Long Island NY) – See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart was a full fledged star when he made this film. Other Hollywood stars not in the military at the time including John Wayne and Errol Flynn were winning the war on screen so why not Bogart. "Action In The North Atlantic" was a natural.

Bogie Plays Joe Rossi, a first mate on a Merchant Marine freighter. The ship gets blown out of the sea and rammed by a Nazi Sub. Bogie gets a new ship, the ship gets even, and delivers their cargo to their destination(Russia of all places).

All of the typical war movie stereotypes are there. Raymond Massey in a departure from his many villainous roles of that era was the father figure Captain. The Warner Brothers Stock Company were all there led by Alan Hale, Sam Levine, and Dane Clark( who for the first time in his career used this name given to him by Bogart--previously he acted under his real name Bernard Zanville).

In addition, Ruth Gordon and Julie Bishop are there for the perfunctory wife/girlfriend scenes.

The title says it all. Except for a few scenes on land most of the film takes place on board ship. Lloyd Bacon and Raoul Walsh(uncredited)make the battle scenes realistic with the guidance of Byron Haskin.

The dialogue some of which was written by John Howard Lawson came under some controversy. In the 1950s Lawson was named as one of the Hollywood 10 and was blacklisted. As relations between the US and Russia deteriorated anti communist factions pointed to this film as pro russian.

In truth this is a one of the great WWII dramas. It is a stirring tribute to the unsung heroes of the conflict, the Merchant Marines


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