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The Deep Six (1958)

 -  War | Drama  -  April 1958 (West Germany)
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The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in this WWII drama. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery officer Alec Austin, a Quaker whose sincere pacifist sentiments do not sit well ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alexander 'Alec' Austen
Dianne Foster ...
Susan Cahill
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'Frenchy' Shapiro
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Lt. Comm. Mike Edge
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Commander Warren Meredith
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Lt. Blanchard
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Ski Krokowski
Barbara Eiler ...
Claire Innes
Ross Bagdasarian ...
Pvt. Aaron Slobodjian
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Mrs. Austen
Walter Reed ...
Paul Clemson
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Lieutenant Dooley
Richard Crane ...
Lieutenant j.g. Swanson
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Collins (as Morris Miller)
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Al Mendoza
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Storyline

The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in this WWII drama. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery officer Alec Austin, a Quaker whose sincere pacifist sentiments do not sit well with his crew members. When he refuses to fire upon an unidentified plane, the word spreads that Austin cannot be relied upon in battle (never mind that the plane turns out to be one of ours). Written by Anonymous

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"We'll get there and we'll get 'em out!" See more »

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War | Drama

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April 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Durchbruch bei Morgenrot  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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The meaning and relevance of this movie's title "The Deep Six" is that it is a marine term or American nautical slang. From the 1940s, it referred to the act to toss overboard as in jettisoning cargo. Alternatively, dating from the early 1900s, it could mean a burial at sea, referring to the usual six-foot depth of graves as in six feet under. It initially was a sailor's vocal calling to the ship's command on the bridge that the depth of water was more than six fathoms (11 meters) but not as many as seven fathoms, six fathoms being the minimum legal distance for a burial at sea. Often its use in an expression will be to give or get the deep six or to deep-six. See more »

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When Alan Ladd first ships out you can see that the ship's cruising the East River with the Empire State Building in the background. A little while later the ship's in San Francisco Bay where it needs to be for the Mission in Pacific Ocean. See more »

Soundtracks

How Many Hearts Have You Broken (with Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
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Music by Al Kaufman
Played at the Armenian Social Club
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Learning to Kill
27 May 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Raised by a peace-loving Quaker mother, artist Alan Ladd (as Alexander "Alec" Austen) is nevertheless enlisted for World War II service. This interrupts his romance with attractive younger Dianne Foster (as Susan Cahill). In the Navy, Mr. Ladd meets a typical group of movie sailors. These include frequent co-star William Bendix (as "Frenchy" Shapiro), secretive Keenan Wynn (as Mike Edge), commander James Whitmore (as Warren Meredith) and roommate Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (as Doctor Blanchard). Stand up comic Joey Bishop plays an oddly attractive young sailor, and future "Alvin and the Chipmunks" creator Ross Bagdasarian provides the crew with dozens of Armenian woman. Ladd is made gunnery officer, but his pacifist past causes him to freeze when it's time to shoot. Ladd must learn how to kill or put his crew in danger...

***** The Deep Six (1/15/58) Rudolph Mate ~ Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Dianne Foster, Joey Bishop


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