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Hell Below (1933)

Passed | | Romance, Drama, War | 9 June 1933 (USA)
In 1918, U.S. Navy Lt. Tommy Knowlton participates in dangerous submarine missions, disobeys orders, gets court-martialed and romances a married woman who happens to be his C.O.'s daughter.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Laird Doyle (adapted by), Raymond L. Schrock (adapted by) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Lieut. Thomas Knowlton USN
Walter Huston ... Lieut. Comdr. T.J. Toler USN
Madge Evans ... Joan Standish
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 ... Lieut. (JG) 'Speed' Nelson
David Newell ... Lieut. (JG) Radford
Sterling Holloway ... Seaman Jenks
Charles Irwin ... Buck Teeth British Sergeant
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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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EVERYTHING ONE COULD WANT IN A PICTURE!!! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York, NY)) 2 June 1933) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The destroyer shown sinking in the movie is an actual decommissioned WWI destroyer, USS Moody. Additions were made to the superstructure to replace missing sections, and scuttling charges simulated the torpedo hit. See more »

Goofs

The clothing and hairstyles of Madge Evans and the rest of the female members of the cast, are all strictly in the 1933, not 1918 mode, despite the tremendous changes that had taken place in those fifteen intervening years. See more »

Quotes

Lieut. 'Brick' Walters: [commenting on their new commanding officer] Boy, he acts like he wrote the book of regulations.
Lieut. 'Speed' Nelson: No, but he lives up to it, and he'll see that you do too. Yes, sir, that's "Dead Pan" Toler. If he smiles, it's only a gas pain.
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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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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 »

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Budget:

$895,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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