The story of a Canadian WWII naval vessel, with a dramatic subplot concerning her first captain.

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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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War | Drama

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29 September 1943 (USA)  »

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Corvettes in Action  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Words and music by Jimmy Hughes, Frank Lake and Al Stillman
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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!


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