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Corvette K-225 (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 29 September 1943 (USA)
The story of a Canadian WWII naval vessel, with a dramatic subplot concerning her first captain.

Directors:

Richard Rosson, Howard Hawks (uncredited)

Writer:

John Rhodes Sturdy (original screenplay) (as John Rhodes Sturdy Lieut. R.C.N.V.R.)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Lieut. Commander MacClain
James Brown ... Lt. Paul Cartwright
Ella Raines ... Joyce Cartwright
Barry Fitzgerald ... Stooky O'Meara
Andy Devine ... Walsh
Fuzzy Knight ... Cricket
Noah Beery Jr. ... Stone
Richard Lane ... Vice Admiral
Thomas Gomez ... Smithy
David Bruce ... Lt. Rawlins
Murray Alper ... Jones
James Flavin ... 1st Lt. Bill Gardner
Walter Sande ... Evans
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Storyline

In 1943, 'Mac' MacClain, Canadian Navy, has lost his ship and many men to a German torpedo. While waiting for a new ship, he befriends Joyce Cartwright, sister of one of his dead officers. We follow the building and launch of new Corvette K-225, the 'HMCS Donnacona'. And who should be Mac's new subaltern but Joyce's other brother Paul, fresh out of the academy. Mac will do his best to make a good officer of Paul...if they both survive their hazardous sea duty. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the director of "Air Force" and "Sergeant York"..the screen's greatest drama of the sea!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corvettes in Action See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Howard Hawks considered the following actors for various roles in what was still called "Corvettes in Action" : Robert Stack, Dick Foran, Patric Knowles, Diana Barrymore, Evelyn Ankers, Leif Erickson, Jon Hall and Nigel Bruce. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

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Words and Music by Jimmy Hughes, Frank Lake and Al Stillman
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Very realistic story of small anti-sub escorts in WWII
5 August 2006 | by wpglorySee all my reviews

I hadn't seen this movie for many years, and when I watched it again recently I was amazed at the surprising realism for a 1942 era war propaganda movie. Veteran skipper Randolph Scott is forced to put to sea in a new corvette (a very small ship) with almost no other experienced crew members, and virtually no time to train the new crew. The horrid living conditions aboard ship are realistically portrayed: the tiny ship tosses about on the ocean while water cascades over and through every part of the ship. On top of this there are also German U-boats to contend with. Of course all of this was done on sound stages and model sets, but they are amazingly realistic for the period. I am ready to watch it again!


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