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Hell Below (1933)

On leave in Italy, Lt. Tommy Knowlton falls in love with Jean Standish, who's not only married, but is the daughter of his submarine's commander. Friction between the two officers becomes ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Laird Doyle (adapted by), Raymond L. Schrock (adapted by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Lieut. Thomas Knowlton USN
Walter Huston ... Lieut. Comdr. T.J. Toler USN
Madge Evans ... Joan
Jimmy Durante ... 'Ptomaine' - Ships Cook
Eugene Pallette ... Mac Dougal - Chief Torpedo Man
Robert Young ... Lieut. (JG) 'Brick' Walters
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Herbert Standish - Flight Comdr.
John Lee Mahin John Lee Mahin ... Lieut. (JG) 'Speed' Nelson
David Newell ... Lieut. (JG) Radford
Sterling Holloway ... Seaman Jenks
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Buck Teeth Sergeant
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Storyline

On leave in Italy, Lt. Tommy Knowlton falls in love with Jean Standish, who's not only married, but is the daughter of his submarine's commander. Friction between the two officers becomes intolerable once at sea and after Commander Toler is forced to abandon Tommy's best friend topside while the sub dives to escape enemy planes, Tommy is no longer able to contain his anger. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Romance | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

9 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pigboats See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The print shown on TCM is the 1937 re-release, with some bits of 1933 dialogue obviously eliminated in order to meet the stricter standards of the now enforced 1934 production code. See more »

Goofs

During the air raid, set in 1918, the cars being shown are definitely 1930s vehicles. See more »

Quotes

Buck Teeth Sergeant: What's that lump on your face, Yank?
Ptomaine: Bunker Hill. You want to climb it?
Buck Teeth Sergeant: Well, I don't see no steps.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to those officers and men of the United States Navy, who, in peace and war, volunteer their lives in one of the most hazardous branches of its service: submarines. See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played during the opening credits
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World War I Submarine Love Triangle
27 July 2003 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Good footage of World War I-era ships and planes supplement this excellent war drama set in the Adriatic. Walter Huston is excellent as the commanding officer who knows his place and his place has no room for personal feelings. The safety of the ship and the mission must always come first. Robert Montgomery is the Lieutenant who has not yet mastered the role that a leader must play in combat. He makes bad decisions, endangering the submarine and its crew but finally becomes a "real man" after he is court martialed and dismissed from the Navy. Robert Young plays a lieutenant junior grade and Jimmy Durante as a cook. Paralleling the war drama is an equally important wartime love triangle between Montgomery and Madge Evans who plays Huston's daughter and the wife of a tragically injured aviator. Recommended.


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