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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | | Action, Drama, War | 12 June 1943 (USA)
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An American tanker's sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend 11 days at sea on a raft. Their next assignment; bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked N. Atlantic.

Directors:

Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Guy Gilpatric (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Lt. Joe Rossi
Raymond Massey ... Capt. Steve Jarvis
Alan Hale ... Boats O'Hara
Julie Bishop ... Pearl O'Neill
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Sarah Jarvis
Sam Levene ... Abel 'Chips' Abrams
Dane Clark ... Johnnie Pulaski
Peter Whitney ... Whitey Lara
Dick Hogan ... Cadet Ezra Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Christine ... Pebbles (scenes deleted)
Ray Montgomery ... Aherne (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk. After German subs crushed the convoy his ship loses the convoy and is heading alone to Murmansk. In spite of attacks by German planes and subs he get the ship safely to Murmansk... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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BOGART...BLASTS ENEMY SUBS (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - May 7, 1944 - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Julie Bishop and Raymond Massey repeated their roles of Pearl O'Neill and Capt. Steve Jarvis on radio in a "Lux Radio Theatre" broadcast on May 15, 1944. The program also starred George Raft, who was originally to appear in the film before production began. See more »

Goofs

Boats mentions Zanzibar, saying it is quite a town. Zanzibar is not a town but an island. A former independent country ruled by a sultan, it had come under British rule after WWI and in the early sixties would eventually merge with Tanganyika to form the country of Tanzania. The town of note on Zanzibar is Stone Town, which has the combined cultures of ancient Arabia with traditional Africa. See more »

Quotes

Chips Abrams: It should have sound. I could tell him something.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Soundtracks

Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
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aka "The Red, White and Blue"
Played when the Seawitch heads out to sea
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Stirring, well-acted, realistic tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marines...
2 July 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Despite plenty of wartime propaganda and the usual amount of clichés and other staples of WWII action melodramas, ACTION IN THE NORTH Atlantic is given a boost by some of the best staged action scenes ever featured in a Warner Bros. movie of that era.

The realism is startling considering that special effects then included no computer engineering. The script is basically the story of U.S. Merchant Marine survivors of a battle determined to sink the ship that ruthlessly cut into their lifeboat. The climax has them getting their revenge on the Germans after a fierce battle that concludes with the Americans and their farewell ceremonies to shipmates killed during battle. Bogart is given some flag-waving lines to read and the film concludes with a commentary using FDR's voice to salute the Merchant Marines and their contribution to the war effort.

Lloyd Bacon directs with a firm, vigorous treatment of all the battle scenes and only occasionally does the film slow down when dealing with the domestic front. Julie Bishop does a nice job as Bogart's girlfriend and later wife, while Raymond Massey shares his domestic homecoming with Ruth Gordon as his wife. But the film's merits are chiefly due to the action sequences, which are by far among the best ever featured in a Bogart film.

Action is what you get here...but don't expect anything deep. Bogart fans won't be disappointed. Dane Clark plays his usual hothead role with gusto and Alan Hale is a welcome addition to the supporting cast.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes Without Uniforms See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,600,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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