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Submarine (1928)

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:

Norman Springer (story), Dorothy Howell (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Holt ... Jack Dorgan
Dorothy Revier ... Bessie, Mrs. Jack Dorgan
Ralph Graves ... Bob Mason
Clarence Burton ... Submarine Commander
Arthur Rankin ... The Boy
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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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Takes you 400 feet down to 40 men trapped in the ocean depths-STRIKING SOUND EFFECTS The "Big Parade" of the Sea (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 30 December 1928) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The budget of $150,000 was about five times what Poverty Row Columbia pictures spent on an average picture. See more »

Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

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Pals, Just Pals
Written by Herman Ruby and Dave Dreyer c. 1928, 'Theme Song of "Submarine"'
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Capra shows talent in this buddy movie!
4 February 2003 | by thomsonsSee all my reviews

This early movie from the acclaimed director Frank Capra tells the story of two navy friends who fall in love with the same girl. The break up of their friendship over this girl is only saved by a sinking submarine. When the diver of the two saves the other from dying on the submarine they finish their argument and ditch the girl. The story is told with a lot of pace so for a silent film it's really dynamic. Capra also uses the medium in an innovative way, this is clearly visible when he shows us the wish of the girl to be back in the dancing where she used to hangout a lot. Capra shows this by letting a close up of the girls face fade in to a shot of the nightclub. This is an example of a detail which shows that Capra tried to explore new ways of using the film. I suspect that the navy financed this picture because there is a lot of navy display. The original score for this movie, i think, was written by Irving Berlin so if you have the change to catch this movie, dive into it!


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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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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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