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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
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Despite receiving generally favorable reviews, the film proved to be only a moderate hit at the box office. This may have been partly due to the fact that it was released at the same time as Teacher's Pet (1958), also starring Clark Gable. See more »
Near the end of the film, when they finally realize that there is a Japanese submarine nearby shooting torpedoes at them, the first time we see inside the Japanese sub, a close-up of its periscope shows that it has an air outlet plug marked "air-out." (There are drying inlet and outlet plugs on periscopes that are used during maintenance to force dry nitrogen through the mechanism to dry out the interior of the periscope.) But it's a Japanese sub, so the words would not be in English. See more »
WOW! is all I can say. This is the most realistic submarine film of it's day. I don't think anybody equaled this film in this genre until Das Boot was released nearly 30 years later. Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster star in this epic about a submarine and a mission. Others have commented at length on the basic story, so I'll leave that alone. Only a couple of details bothered me. The men were all too clean and well-shaven to be sub sailors. Some of the last WWII US Subs built had air conditioning, so that could explain the cleanliness and lack of condensation in the boat. Still, the entire crew should have been growing beards for the entire length of the cruise since water was too precious to be used for shaving or bathing while at sea. The only shipboard scene that I felt was unrealistic was one scene in the crew's mess. The space shown is far too large to have been aboard a US Fleet boat. Otherwise, I found the film to be a great depiction of the way life was aboard a US sub during WWII. The acting is superb by the entire cast, but it should be with names like Gable, Lancaster and Warden. This is one of the greats!
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