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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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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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Duell im Atlantik  »

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This picture marks the feature film movie debuts for David Hedison (as Al Hedison); Dan Tana and Ted Perritt, the latter of whom was a former messenger boy at the 20th century-Fox studio, playing a messenger. See more »

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Right after the burial at sea sequence on board the rescue destroyer, you can see a watertight deck hatch rigged in the open position, with its escape scuttle also open. During wartime cruising, (Condition III) Navy Regulations require all watertight doors, hatches and scuttles on the weather decks to be closed while the ship is underway. Note: any deck exposed to the outside is classified as a "Weather deck". See more »

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Doctor: Remember our talk on the bridge - the weighty one, death and destruction? You might be interested to know that I've seen another reason for hope. Found it in a funny place, too... in the middle of an ocean, right in the middle of a war.
Captain Murrell: You had to come a long way to find it, though, didn't you, Doc?
Doctor: It was worth the trip.
Captain Murrell: Maybe.
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So leben wir alle Tage
Traditional German folksong sung to the tune of the "Dessauer Marsch"
English lyrics written specially for The Enemy Below (1957)
Sung by Curd Jürgens and the crew of the U-Boat
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Classic Submarine WW 2 Film
2 September 2002 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Very good WW 2 drama thriller movie about Submarine warfare and tactics.Very good all around production and acting performances.Has an anti-war flow to it and manages to maintain believability despite unusual enemy mutual empathy from the combatants.Very entertaining and a great example of a well paced film.Could have been a masterpiece with a slightly deeper and more complicated story.Only for fans of Submarine warfare films and big fans of the lead actors........


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