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Up Periscope (1959)

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



(screenplay) (as Richard Landau), (novel)



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Complete credited cast:
Commander Paul Stevenson
Andra Martin ...
Sally Johnson
Lt. Pat Malone (as Alan Hale)
Carleton Carpenter ...
Lt. Phil Carney
Ensign Cy Mount
Lt. Doherty
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 <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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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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In a separately filmed trailer, James Garner talks to the audience about the film, and urges them to come see him on "the big screen". See more »


The water barrel outside the Japanese steam room is clearly a western prop, with wide, rough staves and four iron bands. A traditional Japanese water barrel would have small smooth staves and hemp bands. 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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Edited from Destination Tokyo (1943) See more »


Please Be Kind
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played when Braden and Sally are lying on the beach and often in the score
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decent war flick, but not as good as the book
19 July 2000 | by (Columbus, OH USA) – See all my reviews

Robb White's World War II naval-combat/coming-of-age novel is one of my lifetime favorites, so I eagerly anticipated seeing this movie on video. Unfortunately, the book spoiled it for me. I'm sure I would have liked this movie much better if I had never read the book. To be fair, this is a good war flick on its own merits.

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