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The Deep Six (1958)

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


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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The mission of a fighting ship that turned into a tidal wave of fury! See more »


War | Drama


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Release Date:

April 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Durchbruch bei Morgenrot  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


(archive footage)| (WarnerColor)

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1.85 : 1
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The 'Los Angeles Examiner' reported on 7 July 1957 that US Navy Commander Eldon Edwards commanded the USS 'Stephen Potter' for use in this movie. See more »


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 »


How Many Hearts Have You Broken (with Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
Music by Al Kaufman
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5 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could not disagree more with CHRIS from South Adelaide who I feel really gave this film short shrift. Alec Austen is a commercial artist and Naval reservist called to active duty in WWII. Having long forsaken his Quaker upbringing he is thus completely blindsided when after reporting for duty on a destroyer he finds himself seriously conflicted regarding the taking of life. Alan Ladd, though in decline personally and professionally at this point in his life, is, nevertheless, very good as the troubled Alec. This film is further buoyed by an absolutely outstanding supporting cast including: James Whitmore, Keenan Wynn, William Bendix, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Jeanette Nolan and Joey Bishop. Other familiar faces include Perry Lopez,(Cowhand Pete Ramirez in THE LONE RANGER movie and a crewman in MR. ROBERTS) and Ross Bagdasarian who, aided by his chipmunks Alvin, Simon & Theodore, would later gain recording and TV fame as David Seville. The storyline is also unique in that the main WWII theater of operations setting is the Northeast Pacific and the Aleutians. Director Rudolph Mate's other credits as Director or Director of Photography include GILDA, SAHARA (1943) and PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. Alas, it has not yet found it's way to DVD. THE DEEP SIX is not SAVING PRIVATE RYAN or TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, it is a solid production worthy of a look.

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