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Up Periscope (1959)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  19 April 1959 (Japan)
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Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden
Commander Paul Stevenson
Andra Martin ...
Sally Johnson
Lt. Pat Malone (as Alan Hale)
Carleton Carpenter ...
Lt. Phil Carney
Ensign Cy Mount
William Leslie ...
Lt. Doherty
Richard Bakalyan ...
Seaman Peck
Pharmacist Mate Ash (as Edward Byrnes)
Sean Garrison ...
Seaman Floyd
Henry Kulky ...
Chief Petty Officer York


Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes. Written by Martin H. Booda <>

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The man they called the 'human torpedo' - the secret underwater marauder who hit like no man hit before! See more »


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19 April 1959 (Japan)  »

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Up Periscope!  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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Warren Oates character, Seaman Kovacs, is constantly eating. You can tell how many takes each scene required by the size of the bites he takes. In some he wolfs the food, in others he just picks at it. See more »


When "Lt. Braden" locks out of the submarine to swim to the Japanese island, his aqualung's 2-hose regulator is installed upside down on his diving tank. Normally, the 'horns' on this type of regulator, where the intake and exhaust hoses are installed, is installed so that they're facing up. In the water, and later, on the beach, the regulator is installed correctly. See more »


Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden: How come they call you Weary?
Weary: That's my name.
Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden: Nickname?
Weary: No, sir, my real name. I'm the youngest of 13 children. I guess when I was born, my mother couldn't think of another name.
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Referenced in Down Periscope (1996) See more »


Don't Give Up the Ship
Music by Harry Warren
Played as the submarine returns
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A Good War Thriller with an Unbelievable Plot that Entertains
31 May 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1942, in California, the diver Lieutenant Kenneth M. Braden (James Garner) from the navy demolition team falls in love with Sally Johnson (Andra Martin) and proposes her. The reluctant woman asks for more time to decide, but Braden is summoned to travel to a base in the Pacific. Sooner he discovers that Sally is actually a military from navy assigned to check his qualifications for a classified mission. He must travel on board of the submarine Barracuda commanded by Commander Paul Stevenson (Edmond O'Brien) to a Japanese island and photograph their secret radio codes in a very dangerous mission.

"Up Periscope" is a good war thriller with an unbelievable plot that entertains. I would never dare to compare this film with the stunning masterpiece "Das Boot", but there are good action scenes. I decided to see this movie with very few expectations but in the end I had a pleasant surprise. My vote is seven.

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