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Up Periscope (1959)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  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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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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All underwater miniature submarine shots were reused from the film Destination Tokyo (1943). See more »

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Braden exits the sub at 4:00 AM to swim to shore, 500 yards away. This should have taken no more than 30 minutes (about the same time it took him to return to the sub.) Therefore his arrival time would have been no later than 4:30 AM -- before sunrise. However, Braden steps ashore in broad daylight.. See more »

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Commander Paul Stevenson: Oh, uh, one more thing, Mr. Braden, you don't get captured.
Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden: Mm-hmm. I wouldn't think of it, sir.
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Referenced in Down Periscope (1996) See more »

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Please Be Kind
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Music by Saul Chaplin
Played when Braden and Sally are lying on the beach and often in the score
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Up Periscope and Down Tools.
1 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tricky. It's a decent film, lovely to look at with its scope photography and technicolor palettes, James Garner and Edmond O'Brien are holding court in the acting stakes, and of course this being a submarine war film it has the requisite claustrophobic feel. Yet it never really gels as a whole, submerging too far into the mundane to play out a whole bunch of sequences that test the patience of the viewer. There's also the not too small problem of being able to suspend disbelief with the final mission.

Now this is Hollywood and a Warner Brothers film, in 1959, so we don't naturally expect realism in our story telling, in fact we often want incredulity to stir the blood, but this kinda takes the rise too far. Alan Hale Junior is on hand for comic relief, and this proves good foil for Garner's lovable charm, but Gordon Douglas directs at such a snails pace you get the feeling that the comedy is just a merciful release for all involved. In short there's both the good and bad of 1950s war film making on show here; production value is high - narrative thrust is tepid. 6/10


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