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Operation Pacific (1951)

 -  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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Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Scott Forbes ...
Lt. Larry
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Jonesy
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The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
Kathryn Givney ...
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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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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27 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Unternehmen Seeadler  »

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John Wayne and Patricia Neal did not get along during filming. She was particularly annoyed by his treatment of a gay publicity man. Nearly fourteen years later, however, they worked together on In Harm's Way (1965) where she noted that he had mellowed a lot, possibly because he was seriously ill with lung cancer at the time. See more »

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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 »

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[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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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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References George Washington Slept Here (1942) See more »

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Up periscope
4 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Duke playing Lt. Duke Gifford (Wayne), a naval officer assigned to a dangerous mission in the Pacific where his submarine is attacked by a Japanese warship after its lured to the surface by a white flag. His pal and commander (Bond) is killed in the ensuing battle, and Wayne must defend his actions to the younger brother of his slain friend (Carey) who is in love with Wayne's ex-wife (Neal). Neal and Wayne still share a mutual affection for one another, much to Carey's chagrin (who regards Wayne as a show-pony), but Bond's death and Wayne's loyalty to his crew threatens to push Neal into Carey's arms.

Melodramatic love triangle set against a WWII backdrop with a likable cast that also contains Kathryn Givney as Neal's officious commanding officer, as well as a youthful looking Martin Milner as a submarine officer and durable actor-stuntman Paul Picerni as one of Wayne's rabble-rousing crewman. Battle scenes are done on the cheap here, director Waggner opting for copious stock footage and miniatures.

If you worship Wayne, or enjoy a uniformed soap-opera, then "Operation Pacific" should suffice.


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