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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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"Gung Ho" submarine commander takes on the Japanese Navy. 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) (cut)

Did You Know?

John Wayne was dissatisfied with the finished film, believing it to be overlong and containing too much romance. He was also opposed from the beginning to the casting of Patricia Neal, whom he felt was too young at 24 for the role of his ex-wife.See more »
Factual errors: The sailors on the IJN Decoy Ship are using US .30 cal Browning Light Machine guns. Highly unlikely that they would use foreign weapons and ammunition, even if captured earlier in the war. Supply would have been impossible.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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
"Gung Ho" submarine commander takes on the Japanese Navy., 18 May 2000
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

A very good WW2 movie. John Wayne is 'Duke' Gifford, an ultra devoted commander that leads his submarine crew up against the best the Japanese can put in the water or in the air.

Ward Bond plays 'Pop' Perry, Gifford's mentor and growing naval legend. A young Patricia Neal portrays the love interest. Fleshing out the cast is Cliff Clark, Philip Carey, Martin Milner and Jack Pennick.

If you love submarine movies, this is one of the better ones.

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