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Operation Disaster (1950)

Morning Departure (original title)
The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

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(as Roy Baker)

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(screenplay) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), (play)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Lieut. Cmdr. Peter Armstrong
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Nigel Patrick ...
James Hayter ...
Andrew Crawford ...
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Cmdr. Gates
Peter Hammond ...
George Cole ...
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Able Seaman Nobby Clark
Helen Cherry ...
Helen Armstong
Lana Morris ...
Rose Snipe
Michael Brennan ...
Victor Maddern ...
Roddy McMillan ...
Leading Seaman Andrews
Frank Coburn ...
Leading Seaman Brough
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The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

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THRILLING SEA DRAMA! (ad for "Operation Disaster" - all caps) See more »

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Drama | History | War

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18 May 1950 (France)  »

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Operation Disaster  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the opening credits, Richard Attenborough appeared by arrangement with the Boulting Brothers. See more »

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In the scene where the destroyers are first seen searching for the Trojan, the pennant letters on the side of one of the destroyers are seen in reverse. See more »

Quotes

Helen Armstong: Why does the Navy insist on doing everything at the crack of dawn? The sea's there all day.
Lieutenant Commander Armstrong: It impresses the taxpayers.
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"Pull yourself together Stokes" *slap* "Thankyou sir I needed that"
29 March 1999 | by (lancaster, uk) – See all my reviews

John Mills is superb as the indomitable submarine captain who leaves his wife and baby for a routine patrol. Richard Attenborough excels as the young sailor who cracks under pressure.

A wonderful film which may have started as a play. Well formed with portrayals which are both intimate and skilful. The "character" actors are enjoyable and colourful as the submarine sets sail, all leading to heightened drama when tragedy strikes.

If you like British black and white films about stiff upper lips and devotion to duty, you cannot do better.

God save the King.


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