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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.)
Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors
Brownie (as Henry Morgan)
Ben Carter ...


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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Release Date:

1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ss 111  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(1956 reissue)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tyrone Power's picture credit reads "Tyrone Power U.S.M.C.R.", the latter letters after his name standing for United States Marine Corps Reserves. See more »


As Lt. Ward Stewart arrives on the dock to meet his new command, two Gato class submarines are seen leaving the dock. From the camera on the dock, they are traveling at, roughly, full reverse (stern first). The shot then alternates several times to the boats obviously moving at, more or less, full ahead (bow first). It's pretty easy to tell which end is which on a WW2 era submarine. See more »


Jean Hewlett: That isn't gold on your uniform - it's brass!
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(uncredited) (aka "My Country 'tis of Thee")
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the melody from "God Save the Queen" by Henry Carey
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith
Played during the Washington montage
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Propaganda movie with a love triangle thrown in
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fantastic special effects highlight this World War II submarine drama starring Tyrone Power, Dana Andrews, and Anne Baxter - Power's last before going into the Marines.

Power is charming as a man who captures the heart of Anne Baxter, who though he doesn't know it, just happens to be the girl of Dana Andrews, Power's new commanding officer.

Out on the submarine, there's some exciting action as the sub searches for a secret base set up by the Nazis. One interesting subplot is the friendship of Oliver, a black soldier, with Mac, portrayed by James Gleason. Ben Carter, who played Oliver, does a great job, and his role as a concerned friend and brave soldier is not the usual stereotypical one blacks were often forced to play.

The ending, of course, is pure propaganda as Power, supposedly talking to his uncle, talks about the fighting men, subs, PT boats, and the like all doing their job. I'm in no way trying to denigrate it - propaganda is a fascinating part of film history and at that time was deemed important to the war movement. It's all very interesting to view today. And Power is gorgeous.

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