Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and ... See full summary »
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
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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...
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 »
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 whilst 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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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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