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Operation Disaster (1950)

Morning Departure (original title)
Approved | | Drama, History, War | 18 May 1950 (France)
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?

Director:

(as Roy Baker)

Writers:

(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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Andrew Crawford ...
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Cmdr. Gates
Peter Hammond ...
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Able Seaman Nobby Clark
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Helen Armstong
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Rose Snipe
Michael Brennan ...
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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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Mightiest Drama of Ships and Men! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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18 May 1950 (France)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening credits state as a disclaimer: "This film does not portray the latest Admiralty developments in submarine escape and salvage." Similary, this message is reiterated during the film's closing credits by saying "this film . . . does not portray the latest developments in submarine escape and salvage." See more »

Goofs

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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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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