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Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)

Approved | | Drama, War, Action | November 1959 (USA)
In 1942 submarine commander Jeff Conway secretly photographs Japanese aircraft carriers in the Coral Sea but his submarine is damaged and he's forced to surrender.

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Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway
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Karen Philips
Teru Shimada ...
Comm. Mori
Patricia Cutts ...
Lt. Peg Whitcomb
Gene Blakely ...
Lt. Len Ross
Rian Garrick ...
Al Schechter
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Yeoman Halliday
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Torpedoman Bates
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In 1942 submarine commander Jeff Conway secretly photographs Japanese aircraft carriers in the Coral Sea.When his submarine is damaged Conway is forced to surrender to the Japanese.Taken to a Japanese interrogation camp Commander Conway and his submarine crew plan their escape.Their mission is dangerous but staying in the Japanese POW camp could be worse. Written by nufs68

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The most decisive battle in naval history - and the amazing story of the men who fought it ! See more »

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In Nov. 1959, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with The Crimson Kimono (1959). See more »

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When Karen Philips throws a rock at a camp light to knock it out, the rock misses by a couple of feet, but it explodes anyhow. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: MARCH 14TH, 1942 3 DAYS AFTER THE FALL OF CORREGIDOR See more »

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Awful Movie
28 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

First, the movie had virtually nothing to do with the Coral Sea Battle which was a tactical Japanese victory (the US lost more ships) but also a strategic defeat for them (they had to give up their planned invasion of Port Moresby in New Guinea).

Second, the movie is almost wholly unrelated to any history of the time.

Third, good grief, at least get something about submarine operations correct. No sub commander in his right mind would leave a periscope up like these dodos do, certainly not with that kind of forward speed. No submariner would go speeding along in such shallow water but of course they show this kind of stupidity in every sub movie.

As an aside, two US sub captains were captured in WWII. The captain of the Robalo, Manning Kimmel (son of the naval commander at Pearl Harbor on December 7) apparently survived after his boat struck a mine but died in captivity shortly thereafter. Richard O'Kane, arguably the most successful US sub commander in WWII was captured after his sub was sunk by it's own torpedo (circular run). He received the Medal of Honor after the war.


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