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Writer:
George Waggner (written by)
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Release Date:
27 January 1951 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Up From The Floor Of The Sea To A High Mark In Excitement! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Good showcase for Wayne as war hero See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford

Patricia Neal ... Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart

Ward Bond ... Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Scott Forbes ... Lt. Larry

Philip Carey ... Lt. (j.g.) Bob Perry

Paul Picerni ... Jonesy

William Campbell ... The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
Kathryn Givney ... Cmdr. Steele

Martin Milner ... Ens. Caldwell
Cliff Clark ... Commander, SUBPAC
Jack Pennick ... The Chief
Virginia Brissac ... Sister Anna
Vincent Fotre ... Soundman
Lewis Martin ... Squad Commander

Sam Edwards ... Junior
Louis Mosconi ... Radarman Mosconi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Baer ... Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Torpedo Officer (uncredited)
Gail Davis ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Chris Drake ... Sparks - Radioman (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Mick - SP Commander (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Crewman (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Crewman (uncredited)

Al Kikume ... Hawaiian (uncredited)
Brett King ... Lt. Ernie Stark (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Quartermaster (uncredited)
Keith Larsen ... Crewman (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Freddie - Officer on Submarine Corvena) (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Japanese Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Nash ... Quartermaster (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Shore Patrolman (uncredited)
William Self ... Helmsman (uncredited)
Michael St. Angel ... Lt. Jorgenson (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Naval Officer at Briefing (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Ground Control Officer (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Dick - Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ... Crewman (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Crewman (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Pilot Briefing Officers on Carrier (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Waggner 
 
Writing credits
George Waggner (written by)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
John Gilbert Kissel 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H. F. Koenekamp)
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrations
 
Other crew
Charles A. Lockwood .... technical adviser (as Vice-Admiral Charles Lockwood U.S.N. {Rtd.})
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (as A Warner Bros.- First National Picture also)
DistributorsOther Companies
  • United States Navy, The  to, for its aid and cooperation in making this picture possible, our grateful thanks (as the United States Navy)
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Runtime:
111 min | West Germany:98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1995) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14874) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
During filming Gary Cooper visited the set to persuade his mistress Patricia Neal to abort his child. Neal later became a pro-life activist.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the hospital, after Duke kisses Mary Stuart, she turns to her right side. But the next shot shows her, in close-up, facing him already.See more »
Quotes:
Duke E. Gifford:How's the picture?
Lt. Larry:Oh, all right I guess, sir... the things those Hollywood guys can do with a submarine.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
How Many Hearts Have You Broken (With Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Good showcase for Wayne as war hero, 14 April 2001
Author: JohnSol (jsolyntjes@qwest.net) from Minneapolis, MN

It's hard to decide which genre provided John Wayne the greater opportunity to showcase his talents - the "Western" or the "War Movie". Clearly, he excelled at both (and had more than a few opportunities to demonstrate it). Personally, I've always been a greater fan of his westerns, but when this film appeared on one of my favorite cable channels this afternoon, I found myself willingly drawn in. Although a lot of its elements are standard WWII fare, Operation Pacific still demonstrates why the genre has proven so successful to Hollywood.

This one includes all the cliches - the tragedy of lives lost for a just cause (in this case, the war in the Pacific), the heroism of the men who gave up their lives for that cause (here it's a submarine crew based out of "Pearl"), and the women forced to wait patiently while the men they loved went into harm's way.

Although a lot of this seems outdated and stereotyped some 50 years later, the movies that were made during and immediately following WWII nevertheless reflect the ideals and values that drove an entire nation (and generation) to act and feel as it did. My own father, who was a Navy man during the war, was a big fan of John Wayne. I have to believe that Wayne personified some of the very same values my father had come to embrace as a youth and during his time in the military. For me, this adds some validity and perspective.

I know this is not considered to be Wayne's best war film (and admit to not being an enthusiastic student of the genre), but I'm confident that it's a good example of why these films were (and remain) so popular.

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