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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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The vessel the 'USS Whitehurst' was used in this movie and its captain, Lieutenant Commander Walter R. Smith USN acted as a technical advisor to the film production. Twentieth Century-Fox studio publicity stated that Smith played a role as this ship's Chief Engineer in the movie. Smith is not credited as such nor for any role and CBCS Credits state that Robert Boon portrayed a Chief Engineer in this movie. Apparently, Smith is the character who can be seen in the movie reading the comic 'Little Orphan Annie'. See more »

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The DE has doctor onboard. A doctor was not part of the standard compliment of destroyer escorts. See more »

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Von Stolberg: I am sick of this war. It's not a good war. You don't remember the first one. I was a Fähnrich in the U Boats. How proud I was! We went out in those little sardine tins, and if we submerged we couldn't always be sure we would come up again. Oh it was a good game we played! The Captain would look through his periscope and sight the target... and then he did arithmetic in his head! And said 'torpedo loose!' And you know something? Sometimes the torpedo wouldn't even leave the tube. And if it did,...
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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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Good Story and Great Action
4 December 2003 | by (Nashua, NH) – See all my reviews

The best feature of this movie is thorough character development, and good action. Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens are terrific as two similar captains. The action is kept at a high level as they both one up each others tactical moves without losing the human element of the story.

They don't make many like these anymore.


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