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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
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This film received its initial television showings in Philadelphia Friday 24 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City Monday 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Los Angeles Friday 15 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 10 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
In the navy "aye-aye" is used to acknowledge an order. In this film it's used when "yes Sir" would have been the proper response. See more »
Gentle comedy- WWI Vessel Recommissioned for WWII Action
This is a gentle comedy wherein a Lieutenant fresh from University (Taylor) sees his first action as second in command under gruff but human Lt. Commander (Donleavy) on a recommissioned WWI vessel setting out in convoy against the Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor. There is good old Walter Brennan delivering an effective and sentimental supporting performance and a lifeboat full of babies to rescue. The Oscar-nominated special effects are good but not outstanding - mainly involving the unlikely old vessel maneuvering to torpedo a Japanese destroyer. What is great fun is watching Charles Laughton steal the film away from everyone else with his crotchety, caring turn as Rear Admiral Thomas. He is a delight to watch, seemingly improving at every moment but we know every twitch, every frown, every hand gesture is calculated to look fresh. An enjoyable, easy-going film that's very easy to watch.
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