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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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A tale of love and heroism set to Music of the Wide Seas of the World. (Print Ad- Sunday Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 9 February 1929) 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

Edited into Fifty Fathoms Deep (1931) 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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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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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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