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
He's Skipper "Duke" Gifford Who Could Put A Torpedo Through A Needle...And Sew Up A Date With A Laugh!
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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
Anything I can do to help?
Spit teeth and cuss!
[sees sister Anna
Sorry sister, didn't see you.
That's alright, go ahead, I'll spit teeth!
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
Features Destination Tokyo
Eternal Father, Strong to Save
("The Navy Hymn") (uncredited)
Words by William Whiting
and music by John B. Dykes
Heard in the chapel See more