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Stand by for Action -- An "old Noah's Ark," scoffs Lt. Masterman, a Harvard-schooled Bostonian ensconced in a cushy desk job. Care to guess who will be volunteered to be the aged ship's executive officer?

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Director:
Writers:
Laurence Kirk (suggested by a story by)
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Release Date:
14 February 1944 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
U. S. Navy Lieutenant Gregg Masterman (Robert Taylor), of THE Harvard and Boston Back Bay Mastermans... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
An excellent and rousing WWII action film See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lt. Gregg Masterman

Charles Laughton ... Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas

Brian Donlevy ... Lt. Cmdr. Martin J. Roberts

Walter Brennan ... Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
Marilyn Maxwell ... Audrey Carr
Henry O'Neill ... Cmdr. Stone M.C
Marta Linden ... Mary Collins

Chill Wills ... Chief Boatswain's Mate Jenks

Douglass Dumbrille ... Capt. Ludlow

Richard Quine ... Ensign Lindsay
William Tannen ... Flag Lt. Dudley

Douglas Fowley ... Ensign Martin
Tim Ryan ... Lt. Tim Ryan

Dick Simmons ... Lt. (jg) Royce
Byron Foulger ... Pharmacist's Mate 'Doc' Miller
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Carpenter's Mate 'Chips'

Inez Cooper ... Susan Garrison

Ben Welden ... Chief Quartermaster Rankin
Harry Fleischmann ... Chief Signalman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Sailor in Boat (uncredited)
Will Armstrong ... Sailor (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Sailor (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Talker (uncredited)

Jim Davis ... Talker (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Calvin Emery ... Lookout (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Sailor (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Senator at Party (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Sailor (uncredited)
Robert Kent ... Hank Nels (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Lookout (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Sailor in Boat (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Ship Officer (uncredited)
James Millican ... Talker (uncredited)
Bea Nigro ... Senator's Wife (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Jason (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Sailor (uncredited)
William Roberts ... Marine Messenger (uncredited)
Elizabeth Russell ... Expectant Mother (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... 'Commander' (uncredited)
Pat West ... Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Sen. Masterman (uncredited)
Duke York ... Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
 
Writing credits
Laurence Kirk (suggested by a story by)

Harvey S. Haislip (original story) (as Captain Harvey Haislip) and
R.C. Sherriff (original story)

George Bruce (screenplay) &
John L. Balderston (screenplay) and
Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay)

Produced by
Orville O. Dull .... producer
Robert Z. Leonard .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sandy Roth .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edward G. Boyle .... associate set decorator
Urie McCleary .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Michael Steinore .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Donald Jahraus .... special effects (as Don Jahraus)
 
Visual Effects by
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
H.D. Smith .... technical advisor (as Lieut. Comdr. H.D. Smith USN)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... location script clerk (uncredited)
 
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109 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8801) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
This film received its initial television showings in New York City Monday 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Friday 15 November 1957 on KTTVY (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 10 May 1958 on Channel 7 (KGO-TV).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
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Soundtrack:
The Oceana RollSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
An excellent and rousing WWII action film, 1 June 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This movie is in many ways reminiscent of several of Robert Taylor's previous films--in particular A YANK AT OXFORD. Like YANK, in this film Taylor is a bit of a "pretty boy" who is more concerned with sucking up to the navy brass and parties than ever going into action. However, with a decrepit old destroyer about to be re-commissioned, his commanding officer (Charles Laughton) assigns him to be the first officer--and help him be a REAL navy man. At first, Taylor thinks this is beneath him and balks at the assignment, but through the film he (not surprisingly) proves he's made of tougher material and by the end of the film Taylor achieves a truly impossible deed--taking out a Japanese battleship with this lowly destroyer.

While there is a lot of predictability about the plot and some silly clichés concerning picking up some women and babies, this film has a lot going for it. First, there are four exceptional actors all at the top of their game (Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton, Brian Donlevy and Walter Brennan). Second, the action scenes were generally exceptional in quality. While some of the scenes were obviously models (particularly before the big battle), most of the special effects were exceptional and really felt and looked real. Third, while formulaic, it was GOOD formula and featured exceptional dialog for a WWII propaganda film. All these elements worked together to make a very enjoyable film.

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