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We Dive at Dawn (1943)

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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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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28 June 1943 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mergulhamos ao Amanhecer  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA premiere when it was initially telecast in the New York City area Saturday 23 September 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

Eric Portman's character uses the captured German flyer's uniform, including 'flying boots', when going ashore to find fuel, but when the German flyers are first taken they all swim onto the sub barefooted. See more »

Quotes

L / S. Hobson: [serving customers in a fish and chips shop] Fish is good for the brain...
[looks at a woman customer]
L / S. Hobson: *You* look as though you could do with an *extra* bit!
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Opening credits prologue: H. M. S. "Sea Tiger" See more »


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The Last Rose of Summer
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Arranged by Louis Levy
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A fine British wartime film
30 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Looking back from the safety of 2005 it is difficult to conceive of the difficulties that must have ensued in making decent films in Britian at the height of WW II. Of course they are going to be patriotic, flag-waving type of affairs but within the constraints of the time there were some fine stories, excellent acting and first rate directing.

We Dive At Dawn is not one of the absolute best of this genre but it is very good. Any film involving John Mills would have a problem being bad. And there is also the marvellous Eric Portman.

Sir John's recent death, happily after a long, long life, brings home the journeyman qualities of so many modern actors. He was equally at home, and equally convincing, as a private soldier, airman or naval rating, or as a senior officer. It is difficult to think that many of today's crop, who seem to speak with their own regional accents both on and off duty, are anything like as versatile, and very few are anywhere near as good.

As to the film, it is a rattling good yarn, with glimpses of the family life and problems of some of the crew. I recently watched it again on afternoon television and was still entertained royally.

I had to smile at an American reviewer having difficulty with English accents. We British have to put up with all sorts of American accents in films all the time.


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