Corvette K-225 (1943)

 |  War, Drama  |  29 September 1943 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 254 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 3 critic

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.)
0Check in
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr
Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Astronauts returning from a voyage to Mars are caught in a time warp and are propelled into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants.

Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele
Red Line 7000 (1965)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story of three racing drivers and three women, who constantly have to worry for the lives of their boyfriends. Jim Loomis and Mike Marsh drive for Pat Cassarian. Jim expects his fiancée... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Drama about former WW2 soldiers readjusting to civilian life and dealing with their mental and physical traumas.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Robert Mitchum, Guy Madison
Bombardier (1943)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Training of bombardiers in semi-documentary style, with personal stories and a battle climax.

Directors: Richard Wallace, Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Randolph Scott, Anne Shirley
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Famous motor-racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete in a local race. He discovers his younger brother has aspirations to become a racing champion and during the race ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak
Cry 'Havoc' (1943)
Certificate: Passed War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Army nurses on Bataan need help badly, but when it arrives, it sure isn't what they expected. A motley crew, including a Southern belle, a waitress, and a stripper, show up. Many ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, Ann Sothern, Joan Blondell
Ceiling Zero (1936)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline. Dizzy is fooling with one of the younger pilot's girl-friend and due to this, he changes flights with ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, June Travis
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During the early days of the Korean War, U.S. Army colonel Steve Janowski is one of the military advisers training the South Korean army and he's tasked with evacuating American civilians from the war zone.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, William Talman
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A rich but naive young woman is in possession of some priceless jewels. She doesn't realize it, but a gang of jewel thieves does.

Director: Ford Beebe
Stars: Charles Korvin, Ella Raines, J. Carrol Naish
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of treasure hunters search for a wagon load of gold, buried years before in Death Valley.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, William Bishop


Complete credited cast:
Lt. Paul Cartwright
Joyce Cartwright
Stooky O'Meara
Fuzzy Knight ...
Richard Lane ...
Vice Admiral
Lt. Rawlins
Murray Alper ...
James Flavin ...
1st Lt. Bill Gardner
Walter Sande ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


War | Drama


See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 September 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corvettes in Action  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Howard Hawks considered the following actors for various roles in what was still called "Corvettes in Action" : Robert Stack, Dick Foran, Patric Knowles, Diana Barrymore, Evelyn Ankers, Leif Erickson, Jon Hall and Nigel Bruce. See more »


Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »


Bless 'Em All
Words and music by Jimmy Hughes, Frank Lake and Al Stillman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Very realistic story of small anti-sub escorts in WWII
5 August 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen this movie for many years, and when I watched it again recently I was amazed at the surprising realism for a 1942 era war propaganda movie. Veteran skipper Randolph Scott is forced to put to sea in a new corvette (a very small ship) with almost no other experienced crew members, and virtually no time to train the new crew. The horrid living conditions aboard ship are realistically portrayed: the tiny ship tosses about on the ocean while water cascades over and through every part of the ship. On top of this there are also German U-boats to contend with. Of course all of this was done on sound stages and model sets, but they are amazingly realistic for the period. I am ready to watch it again!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Corvette K-225 rpa40
Discuss Corvette K-225 (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: