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Release Date:
27 January 1951 (USA) See more »
Up From The Floor Of The Sea To A High Mark In Excitement! See more »
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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Nice warfare movie with impressive battle scenes between subs , freighters and cruisers See more (21 total) »


  (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)

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)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
111 min | West Germany:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1995) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14874) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

The rescue of the women and children is based upon an incident involving the USS Crevalle. The sub took 40 refugees off Negros Island in the Philippines including women, children and some survivors of the Bataan Death March. The rescue was just a cover story. The real reason the sub was sent there was to retrieve a group of important documents, namely the Japanese "Z plan", found by the local guerrilla unit from the crash of a plane carrying the chief of staff of the Japanese Combined Fleet.See more »
Factual errors: The film is careful to point out that the Thunderfish's first arrival at Pearl Harbor was in 1942 but John Wayne, Ward Bond, Philip Carey, and others all wear ribbons that were not instituted until very late 1942 and not actually implemented until 1943 (Presidential Unit Citation, Pacific Campaign Ribbon, others). Ribbons were also displayed out of order, incomplete, and otherwise improperly displayed.See more »
Jonesy:And Ma in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down for a long winter's nap. From A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement MooreSee more »
Movie Connections:
Features Destination Tokyo (1943)See more »
We Watch the SkywaysSee more »


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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Nice warfare movie with impressive battle scenes between subs , freighters and cruisers, 18 May 2010
Author: ma-cortes

Good warfare movie well starred by John Wayne as Duke E Gifford , a sub-officer during the Pacific campaign and in the Pearl Harbor zone who surveys the area and diving under water . The film starts with a foreword : ¨When the Pacific Fleet was destroyed by the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor , it remained for the submarines to carry the war to the enemy. In the four years that followed our undersea craft sank six million tons of Japanese shipping including some of the proudest ships pf the ImperiaL Navy. Fifty-two of our submarines and thirty-five hundred officers and men were lost. It is to these men and the entire silent service that this picture is humbly dedicated ¨. At the beginning Wayne and crew rescue nuns and children from a Pacific island . Later on , in Pearl Harbor is developed a loving triangle between Wayne, Patricia Neal and Philip Carey . After that, the submarine commanded by Ward Bond and John Wayne attacks freighters and cruisers, executing on varied activities as interception and rescue . But in attack on freighters, torpedoes fired at ideal angle hit target failed to explode as the torpedoes lead a hit right under the stack and nothing happens.

The movie contains warlike action with battles well assembled , thrills, emotion and a love story. Passable special effects by F . Koenekamp though with various scale models and some stock-footage. Acceptable production design and enough budget by Warner Bros , and very superior compared with those at John Wayne 's habitual studio such as Republic or Poverty Row , as Wayne played several more for them . As technical adviser appears Vice-Admiral Charles Lockwood who was commandant of American subs in Pacific. With John Ford's usual players as Ward Bond, Jack Pennick and of course the great Wayne and brief secondary roles for William Campbell and Martin Milner. It's a cool realization with roaring battle scenes and full of emotion , suspense and romance. This large-scale picture is professionally directed by George Waggner and it packs a splendid score by the classic Max Steiner and appropriate cinematography by Bert Glennon . The film is dedicated to the men who lost their lives in submarines and to the United States Navy for its aid and cooperation in making this picture possible, our grateful thanks.

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