Submarine Command (1951)

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Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
CPO Boyer
Don Taylor ...
Lt. Cmdr. Peter Morris
Arthur Franz ...
Lt. Arnie Carlson
Ens. Jack Wheelwright
Peggy Webber ...
Mrs. Alice Rice
Moroni Olsen ...
Rear Adm. Joshua Rice
Jack Gregson ...
Cmdr. Joshua Rice
Lt. Paul Barton
Don Dunning ...
Quartermaster Perkins
Sgt. Gentry
Charles Meredith ...
Adm. Tobias
Philip Van Zandt ...
Gordon Polk ...


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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Daring naval rescue-raid off Korea !


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November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Submarine Story  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Did You Know?


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 »


In the beginning when Cmdr. White steps on board his moth balled sub the sign on it says SSN 305. Although it's a fictional movie there really was a SSN 305 which was the USS Skate. The Skate served in and survived WWII. There has never been a USS Tigershark in US history. See more »


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The Nightclub in Submarine Command was the Club Royal
14 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The nightclub pictured in Submarine Command was the Club Royal located at 3rd and C street in downtown San Diego. The wallpaper was black with chartreuse horses pictured, the booths were red. Walter Fuller was the band leader and played trumpet. This nightclub was owned at the time by Albert Bertolino who appears briefly in the bar scene. His wife,Una was the attractive blond seated at the bar. William Holden and Nancy Olsen were on the set at the time and were kind enough to visit with me and my family during the filming of this scene at a restaurant next door to the club. Third street at that time consisted of one bar after another. These clubs were razed in the latter part of the 20th century.

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