Crash Dive (1943)

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A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Ward Stewart (as Tyrone Power U.S.M.C.R.)
Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors
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 <>

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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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Release Date:

25 November 1943 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Ss 111  »

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1.37 : 1
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The film utilizes an oft-used storyline of the war movie genre which has two soldiers in love with the same girl. See more »


When the submarine submerges after being ambushed by the Q-boat, they are lying on the bottom and the captain passes the word that 'the smoking lamp is lit' for ten minutes. Since WW-II era submarines did not have any form of air purification equipment on board no submarine commander would ever authorize smoking on board while underwater, as this would quickly use up the limited air supply on board the boat. Smoking was only allowed while surfaced and the men had to be outside the hull either on deck or a specific section of the after section of the conning tower known colloquially as the 'cigarette deck'. See more »


[Several submarine crewmen are preparing to go ashore on a commando raid]
Oliver Cromwell Jones: [Looks around at all the blackened faces and hands of the other crewmen] I'm the only born commando here!
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Lyrics by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias
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Where WAS that base anyway?
13 October 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power's last film before going to war was this World War II epic which co-starred him with Dana Andrews and Anne Baxter and a good cast of supporting players. This did win an Oscar for Special Effects with the raid on the Nazi Submarine base.

And that's what makes this thing so stupid. Where was that base? Given what World War II vintage subs could do in performance, that base had to be Block Island, Martha's Vineyard or at worst, the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. You're asked to believe that the Nazis constructed a secret submarine base somewhere on some mythical isle in the Atlantic. These guys went off on some short cruise from New London to find this base. Just where were the Nazis operating?

Tyrone Power must have laughed himself silly every time he thought of this one. Especially in the South Pacific where served with the Marines in several major Pacific campaigns. At his funeral, there was a Marine honor guard as would befit a retired Major.

The rest of the story is your standard triangle the kind Power played in with Don Ameche during peacetime in the 30s. Except that here, the Ameche part was played by Dana Andrews.

One positive note. Black actor Ben Carter played a cook in the submarine galley and he's shown in an actual combat mission. It was an unusual role for a black actor to play at that time and I think he played it well. Some racial stereotyping, but his concern and affection for James Gleason who was the CPO on the submarine was real and rang true.

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