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We Dive at Dawn (1943)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  20 May 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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Complete credited cast:
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)


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 <>

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20 May 1943 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


The sub is submerged, the Captain is using the periscope to view a target. He then orders a 15 degree turn, but the Captain continues to view the target without moving the periscope to adjust for the turn. See more »


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


Wedding March
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Louis Levy
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Good dub dub 2 submarine movie
8 December 2002 | by (Upper Deck, Left Field) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of submarine books and movies. Most of the movies are crap. I happened to stumble on this movie on UCSD-TV (San Diego) last night and was instantly enthralled. So much more realistic (IMHO) than the typical (American) submarine movie. Compare to "Destination Tokyo" (which I like), for instance. In that movie everything is bright and shiny and relatively uncramped. In WDaD I was thinking "whoa, Das Boot but British". Yeah, it's not perfect but I (like a previous reviewer) was impressed by the portrayal of the difficult submerged attack on the "Brandenburg".

So is this where the old "shoot a bunch of junk out of a torpedo tube so they'll think we're sunk" ploy actually originated?

Anyhoo, on my (short) list of good WWII submarine movies, I would have to put this in the top 5.

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