When Lt. John Harknesshe, a 90 day wonder with an engineering degree, is assigned as the new skipper of submarine chaser equipped with an experimental steam engine, he hopes that the U.S.S. Teakettle's veterans will afford him enough help to accomplish the ship's goals. Unfortunately he finds the crew and its officers share his novice status or only have experience in diesel engines. Written by
In the scene where they are rolling depth charges off the aft deck during a drill, Lee Marvin is first seen as a radio man on the bridge, then after a cut, he is on the aft deck with the depth charge crew. See more »
I enjoyed this minor film about the ship my uncle served on.
I was able to see this movie years after my uncle told me about his ship with the steam engines. I believe this was the first movie for a few of the cast who later became well known names. The ship was nicknamed the "Tea Kettle" and I believe the crew did have a morale problem. The cast, at least, made a huge effort to entertain.
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