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.
A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.
Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water.Written by
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Bruce Bennett (Waco) appeared together with Humphrey Bogart again five years later in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948). See more »
In the scene when the Italian POW is helping work on the tank, Bogart's character is tightening a nut with an adjustable wrench (Cresent). The camera angle shifts to another view of the scene and he is tightening the same nut with a non-adjustable wrench. The camera angle shifts back to the original view, the Sergeant is again using the adjustable wrench. See more »
[down in the well at El Alamein where Sgt. Major Tambul is collecting water, sharing a cigarette while discussing their cultural differences]
But I guess you fellas feel differently about marryin'... the boys up top are tellin' me you Mohammedans have as many as 300 wives!
Sgt. Major Tambul:
No... the Prophet tells us that four wives are sufficient for a *true* believer.
Sgt. Major Tambul:
Hmm...? The Prophet says: "One wife, makes a miserable life, for she always gets bored. And two wives make a mess of your life ...
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Opening credits prologue: In June, 1942, a small detachment of American tanks with American crews, joined the British Eighth Army in North Africa to get experience in desert warfare under actual battle conditions.
History has proved that they learned their lesson well - - See more »
The Good Guys are desperate for water. The Bad Guys are desperate for water. Everyone is obsessed with the impossibility of getting water. Water. Water. Water.
There just isn't any. It's central to the plot. Everyone is terrified of dying for lack of it. They're ready to kill for it. They're ready to die for it. They travel miles and miles out of their way to get to wells.
And yet... when they start seriously shooting at each other, both sides are laying down a practically non-stop withering fire with.... WATER-COOLED machine guns!!!!!!
I guess they must have had a whole bunch of water all along!
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