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
Sub Raiders Throw an Underwater Uppercut for Uncle Sam!
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Did You Know?
The bootleg liquor mentioned during the jail scene that the characters call ooh-koo-lee-how is actually okolehao (o-koh-leh-how). It's a Hawaiian moonshine based on the root of ti plants and a sugar substance like sugar cane or pineapples. Okolehao means iron bottom or iron buttocks. Derived by the two iron pots used for cooking ti mash on whaling ships. The pots were usually placed side by side, resembling a part of the human anatomy. See more
When the dummy torpedo warhead is being hauled up by crane and dropped on a target to test the new firing mechanisms, 3 tests are performed. All 3 tests are the exact same piece of footage. You can tell by the way the warhead bounces when it hits its target, the same 2 seamen are to either side of it in the foreground in all 3 tests, and the left seaman jerks his right arm to the left in exactly the same manner in all 3 tests. See more
[whispering to keep babies from crying
I heard every word you said. I've been trying to keep my nose out of your business, but I can't stand by any longer and watch you make a fool of yourself.
Lt. Mary Stuart
Of course he comes to you when he wants to play. Where do you want him to go? Some other woman? You married him for what he is and then tried to make something else out of him. Well, you couldn't, and you never will. You began to feel sorry for yourself. How long would you love him if...
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
Don't Give Up the Ship
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the picture See more