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Submarine D-1 (1937)

Passed | | Action, Drama | 27 November 1937 (USA)
Navy officers fall for Ann. She has her own plans. USS Pensacola is struck during a last dive drill, there is an attempt to rescue. The USS Dolphin (D-1) and her crew depart from ... See full summary »


Lloyd Bacon


Frank Wead (screen play), Warren Duff (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... 'Butch' Rogers
George Brent ... Lt. Commander Matthews
Wayne Morris ... 'Sock' McGillis
Frank McHugh ... 'Lucky'
Doris Weston ... Ann Sawyer
Henry O'Neill ... Admiral Thomas
Dennie Moore ... Arabella
Veda Ann Borg ... Dolly
Regis Toomey ... Tom Callan


Navy officers fall for Ann. She has her own plans. USS Pensacola is struck during a last dive drill, there is an attempt to rescue. The USS Dolphin (D-1) and her crew depart from Connecticut to San Diego via the Panama Canal. They come into troubles.

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20,000 THRILLS UNDER THE SEA! THRILLS of Modern Submarine Warfare! THRILLS of the Navy's Greatest Adventure! THRILLS of Brave Men Pitted Against The Sea! (Print Ad-Syracuse American, ((Syracuse NY)) 12 December 1937) See more »


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Did You Know?


Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Ronald Reagan (Paul) and Broderick Crawford (Mike). Reagan is billed 6th in Daily Variety's preview cast list, indicating he was in the preview print. In addition, his character is mentioned in the pressbook as pivotal and a friend of Ann since childhood. However, none of the reviews mention him or his character, in all likelyhood because he was cut from the final released print. See more »


Throughout the movie Naval personnel are shown wearing their covers (hats) indoors. In the U.S. Navy covers are only worn indoors if a person is on watch, therefore almost every occurrence in the movie is incorrect. See more »


Featured in The United States Navy Band (1943) See more »


I Know Now
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at Roseland when Butch and Ann are dancing
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Failed the Float Test!
17 March 2004 | by jbacks3-1See all my reviews

Given the fact that every sub in this movie ends up at the bottom of the ocean floor during sea trials I would venture to guess that Admiral Karl Dönitz saw this and figured, "Acht Di leiber! Our U-Boats vill annnnnhiliate zose Americahns!" This would lull anyone into thinking our sub fleet was sub par. But technically, this isn't a bad movie... it's just it's so predictable. George Brent's acting is as bland as the Navy's powdered eggs and lovable lug Wayne Morris is a near-idiot that somehow makes Chief (the Navy sure must've been different than when I was in it--- no board and no initiation!). Frank McHugh does a swell job of playing Lucky, a symbiotic twin of the character Droopy he played 3 years earlier in HERE COMES THE NAVY. Nice stock shots of the Panama Canal and much better than the usual Warner Bros. middling level special effects. All in all, I hope that this was planned as a cunning piece of disinformation rather than a testimonial to the skills of the U.S. Navy in the mid-1930's. I wonder if Swede Monson ever saw this?

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27 November 1937 (USA) See more »

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Submarino D-1 See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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