Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

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A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.



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Eddie Foy III ...
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The captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during WWII is finally given a chance to skipper another sub after a year of working a desk job. His singleminded determination for revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel puts his new crew in unneccessary danger. Written by Kevin Ackley <>

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Gable and Lancaster make the seas boil in the battle adventure that hits like a torpedo!


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27 March 1958 (USA)  »

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Run Silent, Run Deep  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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United Artists approached Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions about the project, which was unusual in that production companies usually approached United Artists with their own projects. See more »


In one underwater shot looking up at a torpedo, the wires pulling it are visible. See more »


Laura Richardson: [Richardson is cutting branches off his tree] Would you like some lemonade?
Commander Richardson: Sure honey, I'll be down by the time-
[Spots Bledsoe's cab]
Commander Richardson: Better make enough for three.
Laura Richardson: Three?
Commander Richardson: We have company arriving.
Laura Richardson: [distraught] I can't see anyone like this.
Commander Richardson: I don't think this is a social visit,
[Sees Bledsoe coming]
Commander Richardson: You'd better put some gin in that lemonade.
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Opening credits: "Bungo Straits Near the Coast of Japan 1942" See more »


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It's Been a Long, Long Time
Music by Jule Styne
Played on Tokyo Rose's radio broadcasts to American ships
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Playing Navy Politics
21 December 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was the second of two films that Burt Lancaster's Hecht-Hill-Lancaster company produced with a co-star from the earlier generation of film icons. Lancaster got the services of Gary Cooper for Verz Cruz and for Run Silent Run Deep, Clark Gable signed on for a hitch in as a submarine captain with a mission that isn't in the orders.

Clark Gable has been desk bound for a year after losing his submarine in the Bungo Strait in Japanese waters. He hears of another submarine coming into Pearl Harbor with a wounded captain who will be on medical leave. So with a little back channel influence playing naval politics, Gable gets command of the U.S.S. Nerka.

He inherits a resentful crew and an executive officer in Burt Lancaster who thinks he should have inherited the job. Gable's going back to the Bungo Stratis to nail the Japanese battleship that sank his former submarine and it's against orders.

The conflict already existing between Gable and Lancaster and the one some in the crew would like to make is what gives the film its spark. Though this is a submarine film, you can see plot elements of Flying Leathernecks and The Caine Mutiny here. Brad Dexter is in the Fred MacMurray role.

If Humphrey Bogart on the Caine had had at least one confidant on board he might not have cracked up. Gable's confidante on the Nerka is Jack Warden who is desk bound with him and transferred with him to the Nerka when Gable got command. Both Warden and Dexter are the best in a good supporting cast.

By the way what Gable is drilling his men in doing is shooting with precise speed and accuracy into the bow of an oncoming enemy ship and then diving for cover in split seconds. Quite a maneuver.

And quite a good film as well.

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