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Corvette K-225 (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 29 September 1943 (USA)
The story of a Canadian WWII naval vessel, with a dramatic subplot concerning her first captain.


, (uncredited)


(original screenplay) (as John Rhodes Sturdy Lieut. R.C.N.V.R.)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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In 1943, 'Mac' MacClain, Canadian Navy, has lost his ship and many men to a German torpedo. While waiting for a new ship, he befriends Joyce Cartwright, sister of one of his dead officers. We follow the building and launch of new Corvette K-225, the 'HMCS Donnacona'. And who should be Mac's new subaltern but Joyce's other brother Paul, fresh out of the academy. Mac will do his best to make a good officer of Paul...if they both survive their hazardous sea duty. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the director of "Air Force" and "Sergeant York"..the screen's greatest drama of the sea!


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29 September 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corvettes in Action  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The ship used in the movie was HMCS Kitchener. See more »


Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »


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Words and Music by Jimmy Hughes, Frank Lake and Al Stillman
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Hooray for Canada and the Marshal of the Seas
9 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Though this takes place on a warship, it bears resemblance to WB's Action in the North Atlantic also of 1943 which is set on a merchant ship. Randolph Scott is the sheriff uh captain of the named ship,among the crew is a young Robert Mitchum. Mr. Scott delivers but not until the postwar period will he develop in my mind the seriousness that saved him from the wooden Indian junk heap. The final duel between the U Boat and the corvette is exciting and (very rare in films of this era)the enemy are portrayed as formidable foes.

A pretty good not great action film if say this film and the Magnificent Seven or the Tall T came on different channels would opt for the others with a switchback to watch the ship to sub duel.

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