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Crash Dive (1943)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1943 (UK)
A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl.

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Lt. Ward Stewart (as Tyrone Power U.S.M.C.R.)
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Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors
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Brownie (as Henry Morgan)
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Against his personal preference, PT boat commander Ward Stewart is made executive officer of the submarine USS Corsair. On leave before sailing, he meets schoolteacher Jean Hewlett and gives her a romantic rush...unaware that she's the sweetheart of Dewey Connors, his new commander. At sea, the men bond while fighting German Q-ships. When will they discover their mutual romantic rivalry? Will it interfere with a spectacular commando raid on a secret German base? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Tyrone Power -- Leading a reckless crew on the war's most daring mission! Battling death in a depth-bombed submarine! Blasting Nazis on a bold Commando raid! Finding love in precious, stolen moments! Crashing his way to unforgettable glory in...


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(1956 reissue)| (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The reissue version was released in black-and-white. See more »

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When the schoolgirls are shooting their arrows in the archery class (c. 61 minutes) they are fired at an angle of about 45 degrees. Because of the effect of gravity these arrows would fall well below their targets and not, as in the film, hit them with so much success. See more »

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Oliver Cromwell Jones: Mac, it's none of my business, and it certainly isn't up to me to give you advice, but if I had a weak heart ...
Chief 'Mac' McDonnell: What are you talking about?
Oliver Cromwell Jones: A man don't take nitroglycerine for dandruff.
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Soundtracks

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
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Music by Sam H. Stept (1942)
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias
Sung in part by Tyrone Power in the car
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A few notes on rarely-seen warships in the film
10 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of very few films shot partly at the submarine base in Groton, CT, aka Submarine Base New London, CT.

A few naval combatants rarely seen in Technicolor are visible in the early part of the film. The PT boats seen near the beginning are the 77-foot Elco type. The submarine primarily featured as the fictional USS Corsair is the experimental USS Marlin (SS-205), with a conning tower modified to resemble her sister USS Mackerel (SS-204). A few O-class and R-class submarines, built in World War One and used for training in WW2, are visible in the background of some shots. For wartime security reasons, no submarine classes used in combat in WW2 appear in the film. The USS Semmes (AG-24 ex-DD-189) is seen in one shot; there are probably not many good Technicolor views of a four-stack destroyer available today. The Semmes was being used as a sonar testbed at the time.

I personally did not like how the love story progressed, as Tyrone Power is consistently deceptive and gets the girl anyway.

Another reviewer has assumed that the Nazi base would have to be near New England on the basis that WW2 submarines had a short range. This is incorrect. US submarines in WW2 routinely went from Pearl Harbor to Japan's home waters, patrolled for several weeks, and returned to Pearl Harbor on a single tank of diesel fuel. A Gato-class submarine could cover 11,000 miles without refueling, thus could have patrolled in German home waters while based in Groton if necessary. My assumption is that the Nazi base would be in Greenland, not likely given the realities of the war, but the raid on it still makes for good action.


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