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Hell Below (1933)

Passed | | Romance, Drama, War | 9 June 1933 (USA)
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 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 John Lee Mahin ... Lieut. (JG) 'Speed' Nelson
David Newell ... Lieut. (JG) Radford
Sterling Holloway ... Seaman Jenks
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Buck Teeth British 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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940, erroneously tells us in their footnotes that Harry (Snub) Pollard was announced to direct this film, instead of director Harry A. Pollard, who had recently directed a number of other films at MGM. See more »

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During the depth charge runs by the German destroyer, in multiple scenes, the wake of the camera-crew ship is clearly visible in the lower right corner. 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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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 »

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Ciri-Biri-Bin
(1898) (uncredited)
Music by Alberto Pestalozza
Played at a street carnival
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Gritty, interesting submarine drama
29 September 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

The classic story of falling in love with the boss's daughter gets a fresh take with Hell Below. Robert Montgomery, Eugene Pallette, Jimmy Durante, Robert Young, and Sterling Holloway are all sailors under the command of the stern Walter Huston. The first Robert falls in love with Walter's daughter, Madge Evans, but that's not enough of an obstacle; she's also married.

Spliced in between romantic scenes are some pretty intense battle scenes. If you liked Devil and the Deep, this movie will be right up your alley. Both are submarine dramas with a stern captain and a forbidden love. You can tell this movie is pre-Code, because while on leave, Eugene is trying to pick up a girl, who's started to cozy up to Jimmy. He says a suggestive remark about Jimmy's nose that could only be allowed passed the censors when there weren't any censors.

What I like about these movies is that in general, it's really easy to see the "bad guy's" side and even take it. When Walter tries to intervene and save his daughter from hurting her husband, Robert tries to insult him by saying, "I can't see you apologizing for anything, sir." Walter holds up a glass and makes the perfect comeback and toast: "I don't plan on doing things I'll be sorry for. Here's to discipline. There's nothing like it, and nothing without it." Isn't he great?

Hell Below gives a warning with the title. This is gritty, violent, dramatic, and raw. It's not for the faint of heart, but those who do rent it are in for a great forgotten treat.


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