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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 12 June 1943 (USA)
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An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.

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Complete credited cast:
... Lt. Joe Rossi
... Capt. Steve Jarvis
... Boats O'Hara
... Pearl O'Neill
... Mrs. Sarah Jarvis
... Abel 'Chips' Abrams
... Johnnie Pulaski
... Whitey Lara
... Cadet Ezra Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Pebbles (scenes deleted)
... Aherne (scenes deleted)
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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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Warner Bros. thunderous story of the men of the merchant marine!

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Action | Drama | War

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12 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heroes Without Uniforms  »

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$2,600,000, 31 December 1943
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Columbus Saturday 28 July 1956 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Tucson Wednesday 8 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Indianapolis Saturday 1 September 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in Salt Lake City Wednesday 26 September 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Albuquerque Sunday 30 September 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7); it first aired in Boston Sunday 21 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Wednesday 14 November 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Salt Lake City Saturday 17 November 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Bellingham WA Sunday 25 November 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), and in Portland OR Saturday 15 December 1956 on KOIN (Channel 6). See more »

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When the signal officer gave orders for flag hoist, the flags and pennants did correspond to the international flag code. The flags hoisted were pennants. Letter code flags are square. See more »

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Goldberg: [During night-time sound blackout] I wish I was in Times Square.
Gun crewman: Why?
Goldberg: I'd take a subway home.
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Great story of Merchant Mariners as service and individuals
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I am a proud graduate of the U.S.Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point.I am also a retired US Navy Captain. The screening of "Action in the North Atlantic" was an annual event at Kings Point, since one of the characters was a Cadet serving sea time as part of his training. Cadet Parker well represents the 142 Cadet-Midshipman who were killed in action in WWII (Kings point is only Federal academy which is thus authorized to carry a Battle flag with their color guard.) The characters are real and Warner Bros. could not have picked a better cast. This movie was and is only one of a handful which tried to show the contribution of the merchant marine during the war. I particularly liked the scene where Alan Hale tries to explain to a couple of his shipmates the meaning of the word "rendezvous". They don't make 'em like that any more. I still watch this flic every time it screens.


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