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Crash Dive (1943)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1943 (UK)
A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Lt. Ward Stewart (as Tyrone Power U.S.M.C.R.)
Anne Baxter ... Jean Hewlett
Dana Andrews ... Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors
James Gleason ... Chief Mike 'Mac' McDonnell
May Whitty ... Grandmother (as Dame May Whitty)
Harry Morgan ... Brownie (as Henry Morgan)
Ben Carter ... Oliver Cromwell Jones
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Storyline

Against his personal preference, PT boat commander Ward Stewart is made executive officer of the submarine USS Corsair. On leave before sailing, he meets schoolteacher Jean Hewlett and gives her a romantic rush...unaware that she's the sweetheart of Dewey Connors, his new commander. At sea, the men bond while fighting German Q-ships. When will they discover their mutual romantic rivalry? Will it interfere with a spectacular commando raid on a secret German base? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Tyrone Power -- Leading a reckless crew on the war's most daring mission! Battling death in a depth-bombed submarine! Blasting Nazis on a bold Commando raid! Finding love in precious, stolen moments! Crashing his way to unforgettable glory in...


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ss 111 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (1956 reissue)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie had two working titles: 'Submarine School' and 'SS 111'. See more »

Goofs

When the PT boat is rescuing survivors and they spot a U-boat, the young boy who was being hauled aboard the PT boat is wearing a life-jacket. The close up in the next shot shows Lt Stewart lifting the boy up to put him back in the lifeboat. The boy is no longer wearing the life-jacket. In the following shot, as Lt. Stewart completes putting him back into the lifeboat, the boy is again wearing the life-jacket. See more »

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Soundtracks

America
(uncredited) (aka "My Country 'tis of Thee")
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the melody from "God Save the Queen" by Henry Carey
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith
Played during the Washington montage
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Very enjoyable and well made WWII war film
3 January 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable WWII film, though before I discuss why I liked the movie, I should point out that the film does have one BIG cliché. When Tyrone Power meets a woman (Anne Baxter--here with dark brown hair) and they immediately hate each other, lovers of classic Hollywood films know that this can only mean one thing---they are destined to fall in love by the end of the film!! Aside from this predictable aspect of the film, I really did like the movie.

The first thing I noticed about the film was the gorgeous color film. For 1943, it was terrific--with the most vibrant blues I've ever seen--much like the look of the great film, THE CAINE MUTINY. Twentieth-Century Fox really pulled out the stops to make this film look nice.

As far as the plot goes, it's a pretty exciting and standard submarine film. Now that I write this, I realize that they sure made a lot of great sub films over the years--with hardly a stinker among them. This film maintains the excellent tradition of such lovely films as RUN SILENT RUN DEEP, THE ENEMY BELOW and DESINTATION TOKYO--all lovely films that are both gripping and entertaining.

The film has more plot than just subs and Anne Baxter. It seems that Tyrone Power was very happy and successful aboard PT boats. When he was transferred to sub duty, he wasn't particularly excited, as he thought that patrol boats were the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, over time, he makes good and grows to love the submarine.

CRASH DIVE has some excellent action scenes--particularly the attack on a secret base near the end. The acting good, script very good for a wartime propaganda flick and I particularly liked the sympathetic portrayal of the Black sailor--something pretty rare in a film of the era. Overall, a good and enjoyable film.


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