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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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27 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Unternehmen Seeadler  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wayne's navy cap from the film was sold by Texas-based Heritage Auctions for $10,755. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Lt. Larry: [finding themselves in the middle of the entire Imperial Japanese fleet] I'll never make fun of another movie as long as I live.
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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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Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »

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Don't Give Up the Ship
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the picture
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24 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A middle-of-the-road submarine picture starring John Wayne that unfortunately didn't appeal much to me. First, I'm not a huge fan of Patricia Neal. I know, I know. She was a fine actress and I respect her. But as leading ladies go, she leaves me cold. Second, this is full of clichés and stereotypical plot lines, even for 1951. I'm not huge on war movies in general. Oh it's not some philosophical thing. I actually like a lot of the WW2-era war movies. But many of the ones made from the '50s onward, like this one, feel like programmers to me. There are exceptions, of course, and I praise those movies when I see them. But, for the most part, these types of movies are predictable and dull. There's an audience for this picture that will like it a lot but unfortunately I didn't.


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