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In Harm's Way (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War | 6 April 1965 (USA)
A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.



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In harm's way they went. The men. The women. The lovers for a night. The lovers for keeps. The strong. The weak. They went, as they were...in Harm'sway. See more »


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The USS Aylwin (DD-355)was commanded by the senior officer aboard, Ensign Stanley Caplan, my father. There were several reasons put forward as to why he didn't stop to pickup the captain and XO. He said that it was because it would have taken 20 minutes to stop from full speed and then get back up to speed. See more »


During the planning for the parachute assault Colonel Gregory states that it will have to be a low level drop. When the actual drop occurs, it is clearly a high altitude drop. See more »


[the Cassiday has just sunk the Japanese sub that torpedoed Torrey's cruiser]
Captain Rockwell Torrey: Nice work, Harding! You did a 4-0 job on that sub!
LTJG 'Mac' McConnel: Thank you, sir, I'm not Commander Harding, sir.
Captain Rockwell Torrey: Well, where is he?
LTJG 'Mac' McConnel: Ashore, sir!
Captain Rockwell Torrey: Well, who's in command?
LTJG 'Mac' McConnel: I am, sir! Lt. j.g. McConnell, sir!
Captain Rockwell Torrey: Did I hear Lieutenant junior grade?
LTJG 'Mac' McConnel: William McConnell; Class of '38, sir!
Captain Rockwell Torrey: Oh. Well, can you rig for towing?
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For once an all-star cast adds to the movie
26 December 2002 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Critically under-valued at the time of it's release and now largely forgotten, Otto Preminger's World War Two movie is a first-class entertainment, intelligently scripted, crisply photographed and very well directed. (There is a beautifully sustained scene where Preminger cross cuts between John Wayne's date with Patricia Neal and son Brandon De Wilde's date with Neal's room-mate Jill Haworth in which the characters of all four protagonists are neatly established).

For once an all-star cast adds to, rather than detracts from, the film. With a few exceptions (Henry Fonda and Franchot Tone in blink-and-you'll-miss-them cameos) all the actors are allowed to flesh out their roles with Patricia Neal and Burgess Meredith outstanding. Ultimately. of course, it never rises above melodrama and is the cinematic equivalent of those door-stopper novels favoured on the beach, but then melodrama was always where Peminger really came into his own. While certainly not in the class of "Laura", "Bonjour Tristesse", "Anatomy of a Murder" or "Advise and Consent", it is no disgrace and is a reminder that even second-rate Preminger is head and shoulders above a lot of the junk food cinema that fills our multi-plexes today.

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