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Thunder Afloat (1939)

Passed | | Romance, Drama, War | 15 September 1939 (USA)

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

Wells Root (screen play), Harvey S. Haislip (screen play) (as Commander Harvey Haislip) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... John Thorson
Chester Morris ... 'Rocky' Blake
Virginia Grey ... Susan Thorson
Douglass Dumbrille ... District Commander (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Carl Esmond ... U-Boat Captain
Clem Bevans ... 'Cap' Finch
John Qualen ... Milo
Regis Toomey ... Ives
Henry Victor ... German U-Boat Officer
Addison Richards ... Admiral Ross
Hans Joby Hans Joby ... U-Boat Petty Officer
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Ensign Dyer
Jonathan Hale ... Admiral Girard
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UNTOLD STORY...now reveals Yankee heroism against U-boat terror in the last war! Timely! Thrilling! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama | War | Action

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

15 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tonnerre sur l'Atlantique See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because war broke out in Europe in September 1939, MGM released this film a month earlier than scheduled. See more »

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Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1907) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played during the opening credits
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Fine movie about the U boat war off the Eastern US during WW 1
25 May 2013 | by Petrified_2000See all my reviews

It was definitely about WW 1 because one of the ships sunk was sunk off Long Island in 1918. The USS San Diego was cruising 10 miles off Fire Island, NY in July of 1918 when it struck a mine that was laid by German U Boat 117 . It sank bow first with the loss of 5 or 6 men . The rest of the crew rowed ashore to Long Island and were saved. It was over 500 feet long and it was the only US Capital ship sunk during WW 1. The movie shows the San Diego hitting the mine and blowing up. I have never seen a movie that mentioned the San Diego sinking.

If you know anything about the U boat war off the Eastern US during WW 1 this movie makes sense. They used the 110 foot sub-chasers the Navy had built to fight the U boats near shore. They showed schooners being attacked on the surface by the U boats , many schooners were sunk with deckguns up and down the US east coast during WW 1.

A very nice movie , the acting was pretty good and the story was good too.


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