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Up Periscope (1959)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 19 April 1959 (Japan)
In 1942, Navy Lieutenant Kenneth Braden from the underwater demolition team is sent to a Japanese island to photograph secret radio codes.

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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 behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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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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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Up Periscope!  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

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2.35 : 1
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Opening credits: The story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »

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The Jeep that carries Lt(jg) Braden (James Garner) up to the submarine is an M-38 that did not enter service until 1950. See more »

Quotes

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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Opening credits: SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC - 1942 See more »

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Referenced in Down Periscope (1996) See more »

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The Sailor's Hornpipe
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Played as the submarine returns
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One of the best WWII naval films
1 February 2011 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This film is a hidden gem. When one talks of WWII submarine films, movies such as Das Boot and Run Silent Run Deep come up but Up Periscope rarely gets a mention.

The plot, to sum it up, is about a US navy submarine in the early days of the war with Japan. It has been given a task to deliver a commando (James Garner) to a remote Japanese outpost in the Pacific to do some reconnaissance work. Along the way many perils face both him and the boat.

Its a great film because it doesn't get too dramatic and the subplots are there in just the right amount, not overpowering the main story. The captain of the ship is a good yet slightly flawed man and the characters in general aren't one dimensional. The tension is genuine and the film keeps you at the edge of your seat. Visuals are great too, thanks to the cooperation of the Navy and some very well done miniature scenes.

If you like war films, navy films, WWII films or just a good thriller, watch this.


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