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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)
Harvey S. Haislip (original story) ...
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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:
WW-II Propaganda w/ Humorous twists See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lieut. Gregg Masterman

Charles Laughton ... Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas

Brian Donlevy ... Lieut. 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 ... Captain Ludlow
Richard Quine ... Ensign Lindsay
William Tannen ... Flag Lieut. Dudley

Douglas Fowley ... Ensign Martin
Tim Ryan ... Lieut. Tim Ryan

Dick Simmons ... Lieut. (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
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 »
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 Blue-Eyed Sailor ManSee more »

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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
WW-II Propaganda w/ Humorous twists, 7 October 1998
Author: anonymous from USA

WW II Propaganda film, good entertainment

This is the story of a young officer (Taylor) dismayed to be deployed on an old ship, a WW I destroyer with convoy escort duty. Even worse, he has to contend with a Skipper (Donlevey) who runs the ship by the book but with unseen compassion and talent. Laughton plays the fleet commander, a crotchety admiral who soon realizes the true caliber of Donlevey tho he is frustrated by the tactics Donlevey takes.

If you like WW II movies this is definitely "OK+"... not great, but entertaining throughout.

Chill Wills and Walter Brennan add to the story with both comic and tradgic portrayals.

Some very good action scenes as well.

I'd Check it out if you enjoy WW II sea stories.

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