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Director:
Writers:
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)
Robb White (novel)
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Release Date:
19 April 1959 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Warner Brothers' "Maverick" Man! Bigger Than Ever Now and Ready Right Now in his Big-Screen Big-Excitement Technicolor Smash! See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Is This How We Got The Japanese Code? See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Garner ... Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden

Edmond O'Brien ... Commander Paul Stevenson
Andra Martin ... Sally Johnson

Alan Hale Jr. ... Lt. Pat Malone (as Alan Hale)
Carleton Carpenter ... Lt. Phil Carney

Frank Gifford ... Ensign Cy Mount
William Leslie ... Lt. Doherty
Richard Bakalyan ... Seaman Peck

Edd Byrnes ... Pharmacist Mate Ash (as Edward Byrnes)
Sean Garrison ... Seaman Floyd
Henry Kulky ... Chief Petty Officer York
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Aiken ... Seaman Ford (uncredited)
Fred C. Blau Jr. ... Junior (uncredited)
Carl Christian ... Ships Crewman (uncredited)
Robert Christopher ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Mary Lou Clifford ... Grass Hut Girl (uncredited)
George Crise ... Murphy, Radio Operator (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Captain Quinn (uncredited)
Ann Duggan ... Grass Hut Girl (uncredited)
Sandra Edwards ... Grass Hut Girl (uncredited)
Rian Garrick ... Chase (uncredited)
Bernie Hamilton ... Weary (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Sailor (uncredited)
Yoneo Iguchi ... Japanese (uncredited)
Glenn Jacobson ... Sloan (uncredited)
Joe Jenckes ... Sailor (uncredited)
Clifford Kawada ... Japanese (uncredited)
Harry Landers ... Adams (uncredited)
William Lovett ... Sailor (uncredited)
Rod Lynn ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Peter Mallen ... Shelton (uncredited)
Leonard A. Mazzola ... Johnny (uncredited)
Peggy Moffitt ... Jukebox Girl (uncredited)

Warren Oates ... Seaman Kovacs (uncredited)
Bob Okazaki ... Japanese (uncredited)
Michael Pierce ... Sailor (uncredited)
Paul Togawa ... Japanese (uncredited)
Frank Watkins ... Gruber (uncredited)
Robert Whiteside ... Collins (uncredited)
James Yagi ... Japanese (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau)

Robb White (novel)

Produced by
Aubrey Schenck .... producer
Howard W. Koch .... producer (uncredited)
Edwin F. Zabel .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (director of photography) (as Carl Guthrie)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Schreyer  (as John E. Schreyer)
 
Art Direction by
Jack T. Collis 
 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Louis Phillipi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.M. Florance .... assistant director
Joe Nayfack .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Francis E. Stahl .... sound (as Francis J. Stahl)
 
Special Effects by
Ralph Ayres .... special effects (uncredited)
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vic Johnson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Klein .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Jay Dee Skidmore .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Richards .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... music supervisor
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Harry Zubrinsky .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles A. Lockwood .... technical adviser (as Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood U S N {Ret.})
Ken Cox .... location manager (uncredited)
Richard Michaels .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Up Periscope!" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
112 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #19139) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
All underwater miniature submarine shots were reused from the film Destination Tokyo (1943).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Edited from Destination Tokyo (1943)See more »
Soundtrack:
We Watch the SkywaysSee more »

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Is This How We Got The Japanese Code?, 3 September 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Up Periscope is the kind of World War II film that was more common actually during the World War II years. It involves a really incredible mission that Navy Lieutenant James Garner is on. At least the Japanese weren't portrayed as these bucktoothed apes.

The film is really a vehicle for Warner Brothers to showcase a pair of their television stars, Garner and Edd Byrnes from 77 Sunset Strip. Byrnes has a small role as a pharmacist's mate on a submarine. Having a much larger part would be Alan Hale, Jr. as the amorous ensign whose love life is interrupted by Garner's mission.

In fact the whole crew of Captain Edmond O'Brien's submarine gets their leave shortened for Garner. He's been specially vetted for this assignment having as qualifications frogman training and speaking fluent Japanese.

Garner's to be landed on an out of the way Japanese held island, he's to swim ashore while the submarine waits for him for a specific time. He's to photograph the Japanese naval code book and sneak out of there without them knowing it.

This one absolutely has me reeling. Garner because he would kind of stand out among all those Oriental faces no matter how fluent his Japanese was. Wouldn't you think the navy would get a Nisei type for this mission? And if not that, a Chinese person might do nicely.

Because Garner's white, he has to spend a considerable amount of time in hiding in the jungle and do his mission at night.

In point of fact the USA had broken the Japanese code. But that was done in Washington and Pearl Harbor by some hardworking cryptologists, not Garner doing a spying job.

This was the kind of stuff that the public was fed in 1943, but by 1959 it simply wasn't believed. I sure couldn't believe it in 2008.

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