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The Enemy Below (1957)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  8 January 1958 (Japan)
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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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To add further confusion to the ship's identity, although called the Haynes in the movie, the ship's hull number is shown as DE-181, which was the USS Straub, a Cannon class destroyer escort. See more »

Goofs

During the torpedo attack, immediately after the torpedoes are fired, the 24-hour clock on the submarine shows 0100, or 1:00 a.m. and instantly the scene shows (on the destroyer) Capt. Murrell's watch at just after 7:00 a.m. Military time is the same in any language or service, therefore, the time on both the submarine and the U.S. Navy Captain's watch should have been identical. See more »

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Kunz: [salutes Von Stolberg for the order] Jahwol, Herr Kapitan.
Von Stolberg: That boy needs to learn we do not salute at sea.
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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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U.S.Destroyer hunting German U-boat
4 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

A test of cunning and courage between the commander of an American destroyer (Robert Mitchum) and the captain of a german U-boat (Curt Jurgens).

The movie was one of the first to portray the enemy of WWII sympathetic.Jurgens made his American film debut after being a star in European films.Director Dick Powell (who had crooned in Warner musicals in the early 30s,and became a considerable actor in the part of Philip Marlowe during the War) injects the film with exciting pace and a clinical observation of men at war.There are no unnecessary heroics in this movie.


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