Two sailors who are always competing against each other set their sights on the same girl. When she chooses one over the other, their friendship ends acrimoniously. However, things change ...
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Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.
Two sailors who are always competing against each other set their sights on the same girl. When she chooses one over the other, their friendship ends acrimoniously. However, things change when one the men is in a submarine trapped beneath the ocean and the other, a diver, is sent down on a rescue mission.Written by
Columbia production chief Harry Cohn was displeased with the rushes he was getting from veteran director Irwin Willat and wanted Frank Capra to replace him. The director agreed on the condition that all the scenes be re shot. He faced resentment from the cast including Jack Holt when he insisted that none of the actors wear make-up. "Submarine" became only the second Columbia film to have a Broadway premiere and went on to become the studio's highest-grossing film of all time. Cohn rewarded Capra with a $1500 per week salary. See more »
Hope and friendship overcome disaster and betrayal.
My copy of this film has a soundtrack which, apart from the last reel, is not original and not of particularly good quality; in the last few minutes the original music appears and the almost inevitable theme song "Pals, just pals" I found this, in some ways, a daring film, even for the pre-code era. The casual sexual behaviour of the lead characters and the off-hand way in which they accept their fate is, I think, surprising, especially in today's era with our awareness of the dangers of STDs and AIDS. Apart from that, this is a sturdy melodrama which presages "Dirigible", which features the same two male leads and has a similar storyline of male friendship,betrayal and rescue. Strange how some films of this period stray close to an almost homo-erotic portrayal of male friendship -see also "Wings","Robin Hood"-with much bodily contact and lingering looks and the odd chaste kiss-"Wings", Noahs's Ark" The story is strong, especially the scenes inside the submarine, though I wonder how effective the captain's proposed final solution would have been! and had they never heard of conserving their oxygen supply back then? In all, a film worth re-visiting.
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