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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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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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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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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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

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

Soundtracks

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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