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Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 January 1951 (USA)
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
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Lt. Larry
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Lt. (j.g.) Bob Perry
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Jonesy
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The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
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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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Up From The Floor Of The Sea To A High Mark In Excitement! See more »

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Unternehmen Seeadler  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming Gary Cooper visited the set to persuade his mistress Patricia Neal to abort his child. Neal later became a pro-life activist. See more »

Goofs

The fight with the "decoy vessel" was a complete plot fabrication. The Imperial Japanese Navy is not known to have operated specific submarine decoy vessels (commonly called Q-Ships). These were used by the Allied Powers, primarily by the British Royal Navy and the United States Navy as well as the German Navy in the Atlantic. Had this been an actual depiction of a fight between a Q-Ship and a submarine, the submarine would not have surfaced, as that is exactly what a Q-Ship would have wanted. Also, even rammed, a decoy ship would be extremely hard to sink, as they were usually filled with extra flotation (typically wood) to keep them afloat after taking damage. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mary Stuart: What's the matter cupid? I saw your wire.
'Pop' Perry: Have you been seeing a lot of Bob?
Lt. Mary Stuart: Yes.
'Pop' Perry: Should we level with each other, like always?
Lt. Mary Stuart: Like always.
'Pop' Perry: I think you and Duke belong together. I don't know what's been keeping you apart, but I'd hate to think you were using my kid brother to solve your problem.
Lt. Mary Stuart: Aww Pop, why didn't I meet you first?
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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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Features Destination Tokyo (1943) See more »

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Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
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Lightly entertaining John Wayne submarine drama
5 February 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Lightly entertaining John Wayne submarine drama.

The Pacific Theatre of WW2. Lt Commander Duke Gifford (played by John Wayne) is the Executive Officer of a US Navy submarine, the USS Thunderfish. The submarine fleet, incl the Thunderfish, is suffering from malfunctioning torpedoes. Meanwhile Commander Gifford is also trying to win back his ex-wife...

A stereotypical John Wayne movie, i.e. overly gung ho and not that accurate, militarily. Some quite unrealistic battle scenes. The relationship side is mildly interesting but also overly melodramatic and complex.

Not all bad though, as long as you don't think too much. The battle scenes are quite exciting and there are some insights into submarine life.


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