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Submarine Command (1951)

 -  Drama | War  -  November 1951 (USA)
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Submarine commander Ken White is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub during WW II. Subsequent years of meaningless navy ground ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
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Carol
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CPO Boyer
Don Taylor ...
Lt. Cmdr. Peter Morris
Arthur Franz ...
Lt. Arnie Carlson
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Ens. Jack Wheelwright
Peggy Webber ...
Mrs. Alice Rice
Moroni Olsen ...
Rear Adm. Joshua Rice
Jack Gregson ...
Cmdr. Joshua Rice
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Lt. Paul Barton
Don Dunning ...
Quartermaster Perkins
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Sgt. Gentry
Charles Meredith ...
Adm. Tobias
Philip Van Zandt ...
Gavin
Gordon Polk ...
Ralph
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Submarine commander Ken White is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub during WW II. Subsequent years of meaningless navy ground assignments and the animosity of a former sailor, leave White (now a captain) feeling guilty and empty. His life spirals downward and his wife is about to leave him. Suddenly, he is forced into a dangerous rescue situation at the start of the Koren War.... reassigned to the same submarine where all of his problems began. Written by WesternWildcard

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submarine | u boat | world war two | See All (3) »

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November 1951 (USA)  »

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Trivia

SS-306 was actually the USS Tang. In her short career, lasting barely over a year, she amassed an unequaled record. Depending on the source, she sank either 24 ships for 93,824 tons or 31 ships in her five patrols, totaling 227,800. The Tang was sunk on 25 October, 1944 with the loss of 74 men. Nine men, including her skipper survived. Tang was sunk by her last torpedo which made a circular run. Picked up by a Japanese destroyer, they were tortured by survivors of the ships she had sunk in her last action. They were interred at Japanese POW camps until the end of the war. See more »

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While talking with the rescued pilot in the wardroom, LCdr White says he had made three cruises on another boat. During WWII these were called War Patrols, or Patrols for short. See more »

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You know you're in trouble when the voice-over narration is more gripping than the story...
19 May 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Another military drama via submarine, this time giving William Holden his turn underwater. He plays a Naval Commander aboard the Tiger Shark in the final days of WWII; as second-in-command to the captain, he makes a decision in the midst of battle which costs the captain his life. Haunted by this alleged failure (which the captain's own widow tells him was not his fault), Holden hopes to redeem himself during the Korean War. One-part military drama, another part soul-searching soaper. Holden gets surly as his self-confidence plummets, lashing out at his new bride (Nancy Olson, who gave up a $300-a-week advertising job just to play housewife!), while disgruntled Chief Petty Officer William Bendix gives Holden such a rough time--when nobody else does--that his personal motives come under question. The dialogue is so rote that only exceptionally talented actors could get by with it, with Holden doing double-duty, narrating in flashback (a device which fared better for Holden in "Sunset Blvd."). Still, that grave voice-over gives the movie its only dramatic thrust, as what we're seeing on the screen is rather dull and predictable. Film is curiously stifled emotionally, though it has solid cinematography by Lionel Lindon. ** from ****


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