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Operation Pacific (1951)

 -  Drama | War  -  27 January 1951 (USA)
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During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

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Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
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Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Scott Forbes ...
Lt. Larry
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Jonesy
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The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
Kathryn Givney ...
Cmdr. Steele
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Ens. Caldwell
Cliff Clark ...
Commander, SUBPAC
Jack Pennick ...
The Chief
Virginia Brissac ...
Sister Anna
Vincent Fotre ...
Soundman
Lewis Martin ...
Squad Commander
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Junior
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The submarine USS Thunderfish successfully completes a secret mission to rescue a group of orphans on a remote Pacific island. On the way back to Honolulu they encounter a Japanese aircraft carrier but the torpedoes they fire explode about halfway to the target, a recurring problem that has plagued the submarine fleet for some time. The Thunderfish's XO, Duke Gifford runs into his ex-wife and Navy nurse Mary Stuart at the hospital. There's still a spark between them but the boat is sent out on another mission before anything is resolved. When Gifford's good friend and captain, Pop Perry, is killed Gifford believe it's his fault. A inquiry clears him and after he and his men solve the problem of the misfiring torpedoes, they set out to sea. Written by garykmcd

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27 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Unternehmen Seeadler  »

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Trivia

Ward Bond's character is abased upon Cmd. Howard Gilmore, captain of the USS Growler. While attacking a Japanese convoy, the USS Growler rammed a Japanese convoy escort, which was attempting to ram her. The Japanese crew fired upon the bridge killing two and wounding Gilmore and two others. Gilmore ordered "Clear the bridge." Realizing that he could not get below in time for the ship to escape, Gilmore shouted "Take her down!" As in the movie, the crew later surfaced, but could not find Gilmore. For his sacrifice, Gilmore was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. See more »

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In the first attack sequence after Pop tells Duke he's getting command of the Thunderfish there is a shot of the sub cruising underwater. Just past, and under, the bow in the lower right of the frame you can see a depth charge drum falling just before the scene changes back to an interior shot. At this point the boat was just going to GQ and was not yet under attack by surface ships. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Larry: [finding themselves in the middle of the entire Imperial Japanese fleet] I'll never make fun of another movie as long as I live.
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Crazy Credits

In keeping with the submarine theme of the film: at the very start, we see a submarine periscope break the surface of the sea, then we see an officer looking into the view-port of the periscope, then we see the opening credits appear, as if being viewed through a periscope. See more »

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Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Eternal Father, Strong to Save
("The Navy Hymn") (uncredited)
Words by William Whiting and music by John B. Dykes
Heard in the chapel
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Sub par Movie
26 April 2008 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie, which i revisited on German and English DVD yesterday is definitely more in the B Movie of the Sub Marine Genre. They could have learned from watching Destination Tokyo more closely, as this was with all its limitations still a fine movie and much less a strange flag waver whilst closer to the actual war time. Ward Bond and John Wayne still look like somebody stole their horses and don't know where to go, the submarine is spacious as an Ikea show room and the stress level when depth charged more like a tenant being annoyed with next door noise when watching Super Bowl. What did work quite good was the Wayne

  • Neal relationship, which you will see much more developed and mature


in Harm's Way about 20 years later. Not urgent to watch.


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