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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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"Take 'er down!" is a line from the movie and from a real life submarine commander in WWII. See more (19 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) (A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)
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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Additional Details

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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 (certificate #14874 | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The bootleg liquor mentioned during the jail scene that the characters call ooh-koo-lee-how is actually okolehao (o-koh-leh-how). It's a Hawaiian moonshine based on the root of ti plants and a sugar substance like sugar cane or pineapples. Okolehao means iron bottom or iron buttocks. Derived by the two iron pots used for cooking ti mash on whaling ships. The pots were usually placed side by side, resembling a part of the human anatomy.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Lt. Mary Stuart:What's the matter cupid? I saw your wire.
'Pop' Perry:Have you been seeing a lot of Bob?
Lt. Mary Stuart:Yes.
'Pop' Perry:Should we level with each other, like always?
Lt. Mary Stuart:Like always.
'Pop' Perry:I think you and Duke belong together. I don't know what's been keeping you apart, but I'd hate to think you were using my kid brother to solve your problem.
Lt. Mary Stuart:Aww Pop, why didn't I meet you first?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Can't Be WrongSee more »

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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"Take 'er down!" is a line from the movie and from a real life submarine commander in WWII., 16 February 1999
Author: Dan Schaffer (dan.schaffer@cwix.com) from Bakersfield, CA

I was stationed on the submarine tender, "U.S.S. Howard W. Gilmore" during the Viet Nam War. It was there that I learned about Cdr. Howard W. Gilmore and the "U.S.S. Growler." The "Growler," under the command of Cdr. Gilmore, was on patrol in early 1942 when she came under attack by a Japanese gunboat. Gilmore was mortally wounded and as he lay on the bridge of the sub gave the command to "Take 'er down!" just as "Pop" did in "Operation Pacific" and thus saved the crew further casualties. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his action. Also the "Growler" rammed the gunboat and bent the bow of the sub just as depicted in "Operation Pacific." I would be interested in knowing if the film used the Gilmore/"Growler" incident as its basis for the scene depicted with Ward Bond, and if there were other facts in the film based on real incidents.

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