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Operation Disaster (1950)
"Morning Departure" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  18 May 1950 (France)
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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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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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This film's opening prologue states: "This film was completed before the tragic loss of H.M.S. Truculent, and earnest consideration has been given as to the desirability of presenting it so soon after this grievous disaster. The Producers have decided to offer the film in the spirit in which it was made as a tribute to the officers and men of H.M. Submarines, and to the Royal Navy of which they form a part." 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 »

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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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I saw this in first run when I was about 7 years old. Scenes are still vivid in my memory.
9 December 2003 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this in first run when I was about 7 years old. It was on a double bill with a Francis the Talking Mule film. My older sister made a deal with me: She'd sit through Francis if I'd sit through OPERATION DISASTER.

I remember nothing of the Francis film, but scenes from this film are still vivid in my memory. In the late 1950s John Mills was a guest on the JACK PAAR SHOW and spoke of how life imitated art in that a British submarine was lost in the North Sea under very similar circumstances to those portrayed in the film between the completion of shooting and release in the UK. He said there was criticism in the British press at the time for it's release.

I wish it was available on VHS or DVD in the Unites States, but I haven't been able to find it. I would love to see it again.


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