This is the 18th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.
Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.
This episode is about the U.S.S. submarine, "Crevalle". It is March 1944 and the "Crevalle" has been sent to pick up a group of women and children off the island of Negros. They are also to pick up some important documents about Japanese defence plans.
The pickup is successful though there turns out to be 40 plus refugees instead of the 20 expected. The submarine's Captain, Craig (Peter Gunn) Stevens packs the women and children in like sardines. There is also a pregnant woman who is due any day. Helping things work smooth is an American missionary worker, Ann Doran.
While returning to Australia, the "Crevalle" is radioed to make an attack on a Japanese convoy. They are however spotted by the escorts and given a severe depth charge pounding. This needless to say scares the hell out of the civilians on board.
The submarine makes good its escape and docks in Darwin. The passengers are unloaded including the new baby born during the journey. Also in the cast is Jim (Dallas) Davis , Anthony Caruso and David Willock.
The "Crevalle" completed 7 wartime patrols sinking 6 enemy ships totalling 51,000 tons. The submarine served till 1962 before being scrapped in March 1971.
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