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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
Jerry Mathers who plays (Steve Innes - uncredited) the nephew of Alan Ladd's character (Alexander 'Alec' Austen) would soon become a household name as The Beaver in; 'Leave It To Beaver'. See more »
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 »
How Many Hearts Have You Broken (with Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
Music by Al Kaufman
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THE DEEP SIX made a big impression on me as a kid. (I don't recall seeing more than bits and pieces since then.) At that time, World War II movies were big, as were afternoon matinees. After watching this we turned a friend's backyard tree into a submarine conning tower, which gave us hours and hours of play.
Two scenes I particularly remember:
One is when the Japanese, on the pretext of surrendering on a beach, have a machine gun hidden on the back of one of their soldiers. Suddenly he bends over and the guy behind him opens fire with the machine gun, mowing down the helpless and gullible Yanks.
And of course the key scene is when the conscientious objector, played by Alan Ladd, finally fires his gun in defense of his fellow soldiers.
8 out of 10 for the fond memories of youth....
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