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Submarine Base (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 20 July 1943 (USA)
Ship engineer Jim Taggert is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan, an American gangster that found New York too hot for him, and has become a fisherman operating from an ... See full summary »

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(as Albert Kelley)

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(original screenplay), (original screenplay)
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Joe Morgan
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Spike - Morgan's Aide
Georges Metaxa ...
Anton Kroll - Nazi Agent (as George Metaxa)
George Flaherty ...
David Cavanaugh
Rafael Storm ...
Felipo
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Maria Styx
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Dorothy
Jacqueline Dalya ...
Judy Pierson
Anna Demetrio ...
Angela Styx
Luis Alberni ...
Mr. Styx
Lucien Prival ...
German Submarine Capt. Mueller
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Ship engineer Jim Taggert is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan, an American gangster that found New York too hot for him, and has become a fisherman operating from an out-of-the-way island off of the coast of South America. Morgan makes his headquarters at the Halfway House run by the parents of Maria Styx as a bar and dance resort catering to the planters and traders of the island. Taggert finds himself practically a prisoner along with a group of American girls acting as entertainers at the resort. Taggert shadows Morgan in his activities in a remote cove and finds that Morgan is supplying German U-boat commanders with torpedoes, but does not know that Morgan has rigged the torpedoes with clock devices that explode when at sea and sinks the U-boats. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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gangster | world war two | nazi | See All (3) »

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I'm An Outcast!!! A Scoundrel To The End... But I'll Die A Hero's Death To Stop The Nazis!

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Drama | War

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20 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'isola di nessuno  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Saturday 2 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and in Los Angeles Tuesday 25 July 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Hidden gem with great atmosphere
13 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are a few real hidden gems that few people see, because there aren't big name stars, particularly in 1940s and 1950s films.

This one is a war time flick about American civilians dealing with German U Boats. The main character, Morgan, is an American hoodlum who is dealing with the Nazis, or is he? We immediately get the feeling that Morgan is not what he seems, but he is in over his head in trying to hoodwink the Nazi Navy, but he doesn't know it. This makes it somewhat credible.

He is at odds with a former cop named Taggart, who serves as the stable character of the film. There are many other interesting characters, and great atmosphere, with superb directing, that makes this a hidden gem.

The shots all follow logical patterns, and we follow the plot very easy. This is a directing triumph. The scenery is engaging, and this is put together extremely well. We are kept interested in the plot, because of the characters. This is how a film should be made, yet many with much larger budgets can't accomplish what this film did. A must see film, and very surprising, because unlike most Hollywood films, the bad guys don't win all the time.


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