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Crest of the Wave (1954)

Seagulls Over Sorrento (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | 6 December 1954 (USA)
A Navy lieutenant is borrowed by the British to supervise torpedo experiments after one of their scientists is killed.

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A Navy lieutenant is borrowed by the British to supervise torpedo experiments after one of their scientists is killed.

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Fredd Wayne's film debut. See more »

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Butch tightens the torpedo bolts by hand in the lab prior to testing. The bolts must be torqued to a specification using a torque wrench, not hand-tightened. See more »

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Dry
6 January 2001 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Fine performances by Gene Kelly, David Orr and Bernard Lee (The original "M" from 007) cannot save this dull melodrama. Kelly plays an American Lt./Scientist, trying to determine why an experimental British torpedo carrying a new explosive warhead blew up four seconds after release, killing both the British scientist and torpedoman. It's pretty heavy stuff (no women, desolate island), unleavened by attempts at lame humour (Sidney James, doing his best with the material). The film fails at drama, because the subplots require too much coincidence. The film fails as mystery because the plotting require both Navy scientists to violate the most basic rule of fault isolation to forward the story. Once the solution is found, the film continues with some phony "derring do" which creates zero tension. Even the cinematography and score (by the usually reliable Miklos Rosza [BEN HUR, THE POWER]) are subpar. The score in particular is inappropriate and sounds like leftovers from better movies (BEN HUR, in particular).

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