Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Lt. Larry
Lt. (j.g.) Bob Perry
The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
Kathryn Givney ...
Cmdr. Steele
Ens. Caldwell
Cliff Clark ...
Commander, SUBPAC
Jack Pennick ...
The Chief
Virginia Brissac ...
Sister Anna
Vincent Fotre ...
Lewis Martin ...
Squad Commander


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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He's Skipper "Duke" Gifford Who Could Put A Torpedo Through A Needle...And Sew Up A Date With A Laugh! See more »


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Release Date:

27 January 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unternehmen Seeadler  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ward Bond's character is based 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 »


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 »


[crewmembers struggle to fix leaking hatch]
Sister Anna: Anything I can do to help?
Jonesy: Spit teeth and cuss!
[sees sister Anna]
Jonesy: Sorry sister, didn't see you.
Sister Anna: That's alright, go ahead, I'll spit teeth!
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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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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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24 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A middle-of-the-road submarine picture starring John Wayne that unfortunately didn't appeal much to me. First, I'm not a huge fan of Patricia Neal. I know, I know. She was a fine actress and I respect her. But as leading ladies go, she leaves me cold. Second, this is full of clichés and stereotypical plot lines, even for 1951. I'm not huge on war movies in general. Oh it's not some philosophical thing. I actually like a lot of the WW2-era war movies. But many of the ones made from the '50s onward, like this one, feel like programmers to me. There are exceptions, of course, and I praise those movies when I see them. But, for the most part, these types of movies are predictable and dull. There's an audience for this picture that will like it a lot but unfortunately I didn't.

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