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Director:
Writers:
Steve Fisher (original story)
Delmer Daves (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
31 December 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Explosive ! . . . And As Big As The Broad Pacific !
Plot:
In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
A classic made-during-the-war film See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Capt. Cassidy

John Garfield ... Wolf

Alan Hale ... 'Cookie' Wainwright
John Ridgely ... Reserve Officer Raymond

Dane Clark ... Tin Can
Warner Anderson ... Andy

William Prince ... Pills
Robert Hutton ... Tommy Adams
Tom Tully ... Mike Conners
Faye Emerson ... Mrs. Cassidy
Peter Whitney ... Dakota
Warren Douglas ... Larry

John Forsythe ... Sparks
John Alvin ... Sound Man
Bill Kennedy ... Torpedo Gunnery Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ... Officer (uncredited)
Warren Ashe ... Major (uncredited)

Joy Barlow ... Wolf's Girl (uncredited)
Harry Bartell ... Crewman (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Yo Yo (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Man on Phone (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Crewman (uncredited)
William Challee ... Rocky the Quartermaster (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Hornet's Admiral (uncredited)
Bob Creasman ... Sailor (uncredited)
Warren Cross ... Sailor (uncredited)
Angelo Cruz ... Second Japanese Float Pilot (uncredited)
Deborah Daves ... Debby Cassidy (uncredited)
Michael Daves ... Michael Cassidy (uncredited)
Jimmy Evans ... Sailor (uncredited)
Benson Fong ... Japanese (uncredited)
Wing Foo ... Japanese at Listening Post (uncredited)
John Forrest ... Sailor (uncredited)
Roland Got ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
Kirby Grant ... Hornet's Captain (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Pete - Lieutenant (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... B-25 Crewman (uncredited)
William Hudson ... 'Copperfin' Intercom Man (uncredited)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Naval Air Officer (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Market Street 'Commando' (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... Sailor (uncredited)
Mary Landa ... Tin Can's Girl in Photo (uncredited)
Paul Langton ... 'Copperfin' Crewman-Barber (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Japanese at Listening Post (uncredited)
George Lee ... Japanese on Beach (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Japanese (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... 'Copperfin' Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Bob Lowell ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Cy Malis ... Sailor (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ralph McColm ... Ensign (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Toscanini (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Chief of Naval Operations (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Navy Officer in Conference (uncredited)

Eleanor Parker ... Mike's Wife on Record (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Parry ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... PBY Seaplane Pilot (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Crewman (uncredited)
Dorothy Schoemer ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... 'Copperfin' Helmsman (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Army Officer in Conference (uncredited)
Mark Stevens ... Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... 'Copperfin' Ballast Operator (uncredited)
Ya Sing Sung ... Japanese on Beach (uncredited)
John Sylvester ... Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Tang ... First Japanese Float Pilot (uncredited)
Charles S. Thompson ... Rear Admiral (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Crewman (uncredited)
Wally Walker ... Crewman (uncredited)
Jay Ward ... Crewman (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Yeoman 1st Class (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Communications Officer (uncredited)
Alan Wilson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Bruce Wong ... Japanese Antenna Man (uncredited)
Duke York ... Duke - 'Copperfin' Crewman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Delmer Daves 
 
Writing credits
Steve Fisher (original story)

Delmer Daves (screen play) and
Albert Maltz (screen play)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Christian Nyby (film editor) (as Chris Nyby)
Vladimir Barjansky (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford (set decorations) (as Walter Tilford)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Scheld .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Beckman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (as Lawrence Butler)
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Benny Cohan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Cramer .... best boy (uncredited)
Owen Crompton .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roe Ramsey .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangements (as Leon Raab)
William Lava .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phillip Compton .... technical advisor (as Lt. Comdr. Phillip Compton)
James Leicester .... montages
Andy Lennox .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Dudley Walker Morton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Florence O'Neill .... script clerk (uncredited)
Ken Whitmore .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
135 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #9521)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Apparently, President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandated that this movie make no explicit reference to either military electronics or radar.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: As the Copperfin is approaching their rendezvous in the Aleutians, they are submerged at periscope depth. The man on the sonar calls out depths of 1000 and 800 fathoms (6000 and 5400 feet respectively). The scene changes to show the boat moving submerged with the ocean bottom clearly visible only a couple of hull heights below. If the bottom were 5,400 feet below, it would not be visible sunlight only penetrates approximately 600 feet.See more »
Quotes:
'Cookie' Wainwright:[passing out Christmas presents, reading the labels] 'For Pills, the Pharmacist's Mate, a mournful knell; he dropped his vitamins down the periscope well!'
[all hands laugh]
'Cookie' Wainwright:'The new kid forward is wiser but sadder... since he stepped on the skipper coming down the ladder!'
Tommy Adams:Hey, I apologized!
[more laughter]
'Cookie' Wainwright:'On Wolf's grave a wreath is laid, since he tangled his line with that chambermaid!'
[more laughter as Wolf opens his present]
Wolf:[pulling out a skimpy nightie] Aww, you shoulda had it filled!
'Cookie' Wainwright:'All hands get ready to upchuck this dinner; with Cookie in the galley, we're gonna get thinner.'
[pauses amid the laughter, acting offended]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Warner at War (2008) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
O Little Town of BethlehemSee more »

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39 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A classic made-during-the-war film, 24 March 2001
Author: lkrieg from Colchester, Vermont

This film is a bona-fide classic. Made during the height of the war, and before it was a foregone conclusion that the Allies would prevail, it shows a surprisingly detailed (if romanticized) portrayal of life in the "Silent Service". The characters are finely drawn with a craftsman director's skill, and are the archetypes for subsequent films, not derivative cartoons.

This, like all films made during the war, must be taken in context as a form of propaganda. But it is still a fine effort that produces lasting impressions. Remember that a large number of viewers in theaters had family or friends serving in the military, and must have been astonished to see how their loved ones were fighting the war. While many technical details were abstracted for obvious security reasons, there are sufficiently accurate scenarios to satisfy. The appendectomy performed by a pharmacists mate with no surgical training was a real incident adapted for the screen.

All in all, a memorable epic which, like Casablanca, tells a story from a sense of urgency we cannot recreate today. Invaluable, and deserving of a good DVD transfer.

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