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Stand by for Action (1942)

Passed | | Action, Drama, War | 14 February 1944 (Sweden)
During WW2, two Navy officers take command of an obsolete, World War I-vintage, destroyer that is assigned to convoy-escort duty in the Japanese-controlled waters of the South Pacific.

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Lt. Cmdr. Martin J. Roberts
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Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
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Audrey Carr
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Cmdr. Stone M.C
Marta Linden ...
Mary Collins
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Chief Boatswain's Mate Jenks
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Capt. Ludlow
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Ensign Lindsay
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Flag Lt. Dudley
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Tim Ryan ...
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Lt. (jg) Royce
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Pharmacist's Mate 'Doc' Miller
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U. S. Navy Lieutenant Gregg Masterman (Robert Taylor), of THE Harvard and Boston Back Bay Mastermans, learned about the sea while winning silver cups sailing his yacht. He climbs swiftly in rank, and is now Junior Aide to Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas (Charles Laughton). In contrast,Lieutenant Commander Martin J. Roberts (Brian Donlevy), enlisted in World War I, and worked his way up gradually. He retired in 1935 but has been recalled as Executive Officer of the destroyer "Cranshaw." Impressed by Roberts' vigor, the rear admiral raises him to command of the destroyer "Warren,", an over-age World War I ship that has been recommissioned. Master laughs at Roberts' new command, only to have the Admiral assign him as the Executive Officer of the "Warren," under Roberts. The ship is to join a convoy which has already left Hawaii, bound for the United States. The Flagship of the convoy is the cruiser, "Chattanooga,' with Admiral Thomas in command. On the way, a lifeboat is sighted. From it are... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The mightiest naval drama of all time!

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Action | Drama | War

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14 February 1944 (Sweden)  »

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A Cargo of Innocents  »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,013,000, 31 December 1943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,200,000, 31 December 1943
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The world premiere on 31 December 1942 took place simultaneously in 7 US cities: Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California and San Francisco, California. Some earlier screenings may have taken place for naval officers on Treasure Island, California and Mare Island, California. See more »

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Members of the cast almost always say, "Yes, sir," in response to orders, etc.; Naval personnel say, "Aye, aye, sir." See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Robert Taylor (1962) See more »

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The Blue-Eyed Sailor Man
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Music and lyrics by Chill Wills
Played on guitar and sung by Chill Wills
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A World War II movie about early naval action
31 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

The description of the movie was correct with one exception. The Japanese ship that was sunk by torpedoes was a Battleship, not a destroyer. While this may seem to be only a slight detail, it is most important in the significance of our hero saving the entire convoy from eminent destruction. This movie was typical of the war era movies in that heroic Americans always overcame overwhelming odds. A real moral builder. The movie was broadcast on TCM cable channel, on May 27th as part of its salute to Memorial Day. I was glad to Robert Taylor, who I met during World War II, in Dallas when he was in the Navy. He was in is Navy uniform and looked every bit the person he played in "Stand by for Action"


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