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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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Cast overview:
Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway
Karen Philips
Teru Shimada ...
Comm. Mori
Patricia Cutts ...
Lt. Peg Whitcomb
Gene Blakely ...
Lt. Len Ross
Rian Garrick ...
Al Schechter
Yeoman Halliday
Maj. Jammy Harris
Torpedoman Bates
Ens. Franklin


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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Release Date:

November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Batalha do Mar do Coral  »

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1.85 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »


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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Summary of the actual battle
28 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Japanese lost the 11,000 ton light-carrier Shoho, while the Americans lost the much more valuable Lexington. In addition, each-side had a top-notch CV (Shokaku and Yorktown) damaged. The Japanese had a 3rd carrier, Zuikaku, which was undamaged during the battle. Based on that, the Japanese won the battle, however, their air group was punished heavily. Their carriers were assigned to support the invasion of Port Moresby, and they had suffered a lot of plane losses so that they no longer felt confident they could do this. So, this swings it to an overall draw.

In the end, it would be the Japanese who were hurting more, because the Americans not only had a lot more pilots in reserve, and thus could replace losses more easily, at this point in the war the Japanese Navy had the more experienced pilots. So, losing pilots hurt them more than it hurt the USA. Also, it took nearly 2 months to sail Shokaku back to Japan and repair her, but Yorktown headed for Pearl Harbor and was patched-up and ready for battle (although not fully repaired) in 3 days.

Incidentally, their plane/pilot losses were so heavy that Zuikaku sat out the battle of Midway waiting for replacement pilots. This was a huge mistake since the 5th flight deck would have been invaluable.

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