Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Written by
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Explosive ! . . . And As Big As The Broad Pacific !
Did You Know?
The appendectomy operation conducted by the character Pills (William Prince
) was inspired by an actual appendix operation performed aboard the submarine "Seadragon" in 1942. The real-life appendectomy was performed by 22-year-old pharmacist's mate Wheeler B. Lipes with the help of an assistant. The two were able to extract the appendix of Seaman Darrell Dean Rector under very trying conditions with limited resources and skills. They used kitchen utensils and equipment including a strainer and bent spoons as retractors; alcohol taken from torpedoes, and sterilized pajamas as surgical gowns. The sub's crew had believed that Lipes was the most qualified person to perform such a life-or-death operation, as he had apparently observed appendectomies before. Lipes was persuaded to do the operation by his fellow crewmen. The operation took place 120 feet below the surface of the South China Sea. Afterwards, Lipes' actions were criticized by US Navy doctors and the US Surgeon General even considered court-martialling him. Over 60 years later, in April 2005, Lipes finally received the US Navy Commendation Medal, two months before his death. According to the 19 April 2005 Los Angeles Times obituary of Lipes, this operation was the first ever performed in a submerged submarine. See more
When the PBY bringing Ridgely flies over the Copperfin, the plane from every angle shown is bigger than the submarine, even when the Copperfin is in the foreground.
The Gato class boats were 311 feet long and 27 feet wide (beam), the Catalina flying boat is only 63 feet long with a wingspan is 104 feet. See more
I hear Japs are happy to die for their emperor. A lot of them are going to be made very happy.
Referenced in The Doughgirls
The Japanese Sandman
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung and Played when the captain is about to inform his officers of their orders See more