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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Cmdr. Armstrong
Nigel Patrick ...
Peter Hammond ...
Andrew Crawford ...
Michael Brennan ...
George Cole ...
Victor Maddern ...
Roddy McMillan ...
Leading Seaman Andrews
Frank Coburn ...
Leading Seaman Brough
Jack Stewart ...
Leading Seaman Kelly
James Hayter ...
Able Seaman Nobby Clark
George Thorpe ...
Cmdr. Gates


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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18 May 1950 (France)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Armstrong's quote, 'And all I ask is a tall ship/ And a star to steer her by" is from the poem, "Sea-Fever", by John Masefield. See more »


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 »


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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Routine equipment exercise goes very wrong for submariners.
7 August 2008 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

A Rank production, with passable production quality and excellent acting. Much stock footage and a healthy amt. of rear projection, par for keeping costs down on Rank dramatic quickies. Since the screenplay was adapted from a play, its stage origins are still somewhat apparent. The performances of Mills, and a very young Attenborough, plus seemingly one-half the J.R. Rank stable of regulars are very good. The sets and costumes were surprisingly ratty--long in the tooth! Still, this is only a few years after the war, and things were still very hard-up in England. Ultimately, this is a "talker" and not an "actioner", and it does fairly well for all that, though not spectacularly so. The ending, to me, disappointed. I do recommend this for classic movie fans.

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