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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 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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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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"FIND AN ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE--" (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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War | Drama

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April 1958 (West Germany)  »

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The USS 'Poe' ship in this film was portrayed by the real-life Fletcher Class destroyer DD-538 USS 'Stephen Potter' for this movie. This vessel was named after World War I naval aviator Ensign Stephen Potter (1896-1918). The ship was chosen because of it was used during the Second World War. See more »

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As Alan and William Bendix get the unexploded bomb out of the ship, Alan is leaning on one knee with his left foot on the ground as William talks. The camera shifts to Williams side, and now Alan has his right foot on the ground as they pick the bomb up. 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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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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