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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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  (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) (cut)

Did You Know?

Ward Bond's character is based upon Cmd. Howard Gilmore, captain of the USS Growler. While attacking a Japanese convoy, the USS Growler rammed a Japanese convoy escort, which was attempting to ram her. The Japanese crew fired upon the bridge killing two and wounding Gilmore and two others. Gilmore ordered "Clear the bridge." Realizing that he could not get below in time for the ship to escape, Gilmore shouted "Take her down!" As in the movie, the crew later surfaced, but could not find Gilmore. For his sacrifice, Gilmore was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.See more »
Continuity: Inside the submarine, Duke talks with Pop while Pop smokes a cigar. In the following shot, when Duke stands up and leaves, Pop is holding the coffee cup with both hands, with no cigar at all. But next shot he is holding the cup with one hand and the cigar with the other.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) (V)See more »
Columbia, Gem of the OceanSee more »


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Up periscope, 4 June 2011
Author: Chris. from Australia

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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