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The Enemy Below (1957)

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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are good ones, and the engagement lasts for a considerable time.

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Von Stolberg (as Curt Jurgens)
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Von Holem
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During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander. Written by Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>

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8 January 1958 (Japan)  »

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The destroyer escort 'USS Haynes' in this movie was played by the real 'USS Whitehurst' (DE-634). The cast spent about a month filming on board this vessel. Many of the crew of the 'USS Whitehurst' appeared in this movie. 20th Century-Fox production notes for this movie from the AMPAS Library declare that the 'USS Whitehurst' was a battle-hardened veteran from the Second World War which had during World War II been stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. See more »

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Early in the movie the u-boat fires two torpedoes from its stern tubes at the DE. However, the model is clearly a Type VII u-boat, which would have had only a single stern tube. See more »

Quotes

'Heinie' Schwaffer: I don't see how we could have missed at that close range.
Von Stolberg: We shouldn't have. This American captain is no amateur. Well, neither am I.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.22 (1959) See more »

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Ich hatt' einen Kameraden
Music by Friedrich Silcher (1825)
Lyrics from the poem by Ludwig Uhland (1809)
Sung at the funeral
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Entertaining and educational.
21 October 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

What's really impressive about this movie is the photography. When you see Robert Mitchum actually standing on the deck of a destroyer with depth charges going off behind it, you know somebody went to a lot of trouble to get all this on film. That destroyer is no movie set. You'll find very few backdrops and special effects here except for underwater shots of the enemy U-boat, and even those are above average. It all seems ahead of its time somehow, the brilliant color footage, the musical score, and the attention to detail.

The Enemy Below is a fascinating study of WW2 anti-submarine warfare. Although the ending is a little corny, the anti-war message is timeless and quite appropriate. Especially now (Oct. 2004) as America is being dragged into another real conflict. It's certainly worth a look.


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