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Submarine (1928)

Approved | | Action, Drama | 12 November 1928 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Directors:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra), Irvin Willat (uncredited)

Writers:

Dorothy Howell, Norman Springer (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Holt ... Jack Dorgan
Dorothy Revier ... Bessie, Mrs. Jack Dorgan
Ralph Graves ... Bob Mason
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Submarine Commander
Arthur Rankin ... The Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Bordeaux Joe Bordeaux
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Storyline

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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Friendship as strong as that of Damon and Pythias- Love as colorful as that of Cleopatra! You bet it's a great show! (Print Ad- Utica Daily Press, ((Utica, NY)) 17 November 1928) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El submarino See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Immoral Mr. Phillips (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Pals, Just Pals
Written by Herman Ruby and Dave Dreyer c. 1928, 'Theme Song of "Submarine"'
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Hope and friendship overcome disaster and betrayal.
24 July 2011 | by anches-725-976306See all my reviews

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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