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We Dive at Dawn (1943)

 |  Action, Drama, War  |  28 June 1943 (UK)
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All leave is canceled so that a British submarine can be sent after a new German warship. They chase it so far that they have no fuel to get home.

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Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.
Louis Bradfield ...
First Officer - Lt. Brace, R.N.R.
Ronald Millar ...
Third Officer - Lt. Johnson, RNVR
Jack Watling ...
Navigating Officer - Lt. Gordon, R.N.
Reginald Purdell ...
Coxwain - C / P.O. Dabbs
Caven Watson ...
Chief Engine Room Artificer - C / P.O. Duncan
Niall MacGinnis ...
Torpedo Gunner's Mate - C / P.O. Mike Corrigan
Eric Portman ...
On Hydrophones - L / S. Hobson
Leslie Weston ...
Leading Torpedo Operator - L / S Tug Wilson
Norman Williams ...
Periscope Operator - 'Canada'
Lionel Grose ...
Torpedo Operator - 'Spud'
David Peel ...
Helmsman - 'Oxford'
Philip Godfrey ...
Steward - 'Flunkey'
Robb Wilton ...
Cook - 'Pincher' (as Robert Wilton)
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Storyline

The crew of HMS submarine Sea Tiger have their leave (and assorted family problems) cut short when they are recalled for a special mission: sink the new German battleship Brandenburg. En route, they learn that their target has entered the heavily defended Baltic; rather than fail, they follow it. Tension builds as they approach their target. After the attempt, escape seems impossible...unless they can refuel in enemy waters. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Plongée à l'aube  »

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Trivia

The filming of the submarine was shared between submarines P614 and P615, with the last digit painted over, leaving "P61" which has led to its being identified as HMS Varangian. See more »

Goofs

Lt. Gordon is seen wearing the uniform of a sub-lieutenant with just a single ring on his sleeve. See more »

Quotes

[LS Hobson volunteers to go ashore on a dangerous mission]
Lt. Freddie Taylor: [worried] You realize, Hobson, that if you're caught in a German uniform, then it *won't* just be a question being *taken prisoner*-!
L / S. Hobson: There's nobody to cry for *me*, sir.
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Connections

Referenced in I See a Dark Stranger (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(a.k.a. "Here Comes the Bride" and "The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited) (1850)
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Louis Levy
Heard on piano at Mike Corrigan's aborted wedding
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Good show, chaps
14 September 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched this expecting to see the usual British stiff upper lip stereotypes and was surprised to find the dialogue remarkably natural and tinged with black humour. It was more like Eastenders Goes to Sea than In Which We Serve. The scenes during the approach and attack are remarkably realistic in their depiction of a fighting ship and the stuff ups and banter among the ship's company (well at least based on my service in the 1970s). Some of the throwaway lines are very witty ("I'm not joining the Band of Hope just to please some greasy fish fryer!). My only complaint is that they didn't show what happened to the Irish coxswain and his bride to be, or the tattooed PO and his "I Love Arabella" tattoo!


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