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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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Mightiest Drama of Ships and Men! See more »

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Operation Disaster  »

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Shortly after filming was completed in 1950, the submarine HMS Truculent went down in the River Thames with a heavy loss of life. The incident is referenced in the opening credits, and nearly caused the film to be withdrawn from distribution. 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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An accurate portrayal of courageous men
6 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie at the time of its original release, & it has remained in my memory quite indelibly. Particularly as one of your submissions referred to the sinking of an actual British submarine at the time of the release of "morning departure". HMS "Truculent" was the name of that submarine & the nation was very somber, but I believe the the movie realistically brought home to the public what these submariners went through. My father had served in the Royal Navy during WWII on Destoyers & had his ship sunk under him while in the Mediterranean. So I appreciated the fine acting & portrayal of the courage of the men in the Royal Navy. John Mills always epitomized the character of the rolls he took & this was one of his best for me, except for maybe Scott of the Antartic, but that's another story.


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