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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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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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Mightiest Drama of Ships and Men! See more »

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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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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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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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