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
Up From The Floor Of The Sea To A High Mark In Excitement!
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The rescue of the women and children is based upon an incident involving the USS Crevalle. The sub took 40 refugees off Negros Island in the Philippines including women, children and some survivors of the Bataan Death March. The rescue was just a cover story. The real reason the sub was sent there was to retrieve a group of important documents, namely the Japanese "Z plan", found by the local guerrilla unit from the crash of a plane carrying the chief of staff of the Japanese Combined Fleet. See more
During the depth charge attack the sub is supposed to be at a depth of 120 feet yet she is near the sea floor and the surface is obviously only a few feet above her. The area where the action is taking place has a depth of well over 1000 feet. At 120 feet she would be nowhere near the sea floor. See more
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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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