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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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Grandmother (as Dame May Whitty)
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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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John Payne and Randolph Scott were originally set to star. See more »

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When the PT boat is rescuing survivors and they spot a U-boat, the young boy who was being hauled aboard the PT boat is wearing a life-jacket. The close up in the next shot shows Lt Stewart lifting the boy up to put him back in the lifeboat. The boy is no longer wearing the life-jacket. In the following shot, as Lt. Stewart completes putting him back into the lifeboat, the boy is again wearing the life-jacket. See more »

Quotes

[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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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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love triangle at war
5 June 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Archie Mayo's film lurches between a straightforward war movie (with impressive effects in the later section, concerning an attack on a submarine) and a tug of love romance between two friends and the girl they both want to marry. The balance between the two stories isn't always effective, and perhaps the film would have been better one thing or the other.

However, Tyrone Power is top-billed - in his last movie before real-life active service - and close following in the cast are Dana Andrews, reliable as ever in what could have been a unsympathetic role, and Anne Baxter as the schoolmistress who wins their hearts. All are very good. James Gleason, as 'Mac', is as watchable as ever, while the great May Whitty makes an impact when the focus moves away from the boys at sea.

'Crash Dive' is perhaps a noble failure, but yet another interesting war film, this time propaganda for the submarine units. It is also of note for the blink-and-you-miss-him film debut of Steve Forrest (younger brother of Dana Andrews).




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