Victory at Sea: Season 1, Episode 10

Beneath the Southern Cross (4 Jan. 1953)

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The British Navy engages German U-Boats and the pocket battleship Graf Spee in the South Atlantic. Meanwhile, the United States exerts it's influence to keep the Vichy French from turning ... See full summary »

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The British Navy engages German U-Boats and the pocket battleship Graf Spee in the South Atlantic. Meanwhile, the United States exerts it's influence to keep the Vichy French from turning vessels in Martinique belonging to the surrendered French government from falling into German hands. Written by David Bassler

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Richard Rodgers' haunting tango in Episode 10, Beneath the Southern Cross, is likely the very first made-for-TV original orchestral work (and perhaps the only one) to be converted into a song in a Broadway musical. When Rodgers and Hammerstein's unsuccessful musical "Me and Juliet" opened on Broadway in 1953, the principal love song from the show, "No Other Love", used the melody of the tango with lyrics fitted to it by Oscar Hammerstein II. See more »

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Beneath the Southern Cross is another essential Victory at Sea episode
25 June 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

It's the battle of the South Atlantic between the British ship Devonshire and the German ship Atlantis. Plenty of footage of South America, both as sympathizers to the Nazi cause and, much later, as American allies willing to aid their northern neighbor's cause...More compelling footage of sea battles accompanied, as always, by the stirring music of Richard Rodgers and likewise that of Leonard Graves' narration. Highly essential viewing for anyone interested in the way World War II was filmed for the record of depicting the what, how, and why of the decisions of the various world leaders and the way it affected the rest of the fighting men doing the actual battles.


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