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The Deep Six (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 9 March 1958 (UK)
The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in this WWII drama. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery sergeant Alec Austin, a Quaker whose sincere pacifist sentiments do not sit well ... See full summary »

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Alexander 'Alec' Austen
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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
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Pvt. Aaron Slobodjian
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Mrs. Austen
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Paul Clemson
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Lieutenant Dooley
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Lieutenant j.g. Swanson
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Collins (as Morris Miller)
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Al Mendoza
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The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in this WWII drama. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery sergeant 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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The mission of a fighting ship that turned into a tidal wave of fury! See more »

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Durchbruch bei Morgenrot  »

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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 »

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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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Fun to watch just to play guess the actor.
29 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

This movie was really quite bad. No action, the conflicts were not well dramatized. Alan Ladd did not seem to be giving much of an effort here at all. He looked about 15 years older than his 45 years. However, there are a lot of famous actors in it and only fun part of this was in guessing their names. "Hey, that was Jerry(the beaver) Mathers!" From beginning to end this movie never really got off the ground. The pacing seemed very slow and if I'm not mistaken it was done with a small budget. At one point the destroyer they were on changed to an aircraft carrier during a Japanese strafing run. All the action scenes and scenes were rushed and seemed uninteresting. William Bendix was probably the best of the bunch at the time. The story lines of the side characters were never developed to a point where anyone could care about them.


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