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This film received its initial television showing in Seattle Friday 10 May 1957 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Honolulu 17 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Philadelphia 24 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 31 May 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Altoona PA 7 June 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by New York City 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) , by Chicago 17 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Tampa 15 September 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), by Minneapolis 18 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Hartford CT 22 September 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), and by Los Angeles 15 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 10 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
In the navy "aye-aye" is used to acknowledge an order. In this film it's used when "yes sir" would have been the proper response. See more »
Less a great war movie and more a love letter to the men and ships of the sea.
An unexpected gem, this war movie is a warm and gentle tale filmed in the stark, cold terror which followed the attack on Pearl Harbor.
It lacks the rah-rah sentiment of many war pictures, but in many delivers a truth larger epics could not.
Though the story is (generally) about a crack-and-polish aristocrat getting his (much-deserved) comeuppance and becoming a better man, it is also a love story.
Walter Brennan plays Chief Yeoman Johnson, a passed-over and long- forgotten relic who spent the majority of his life caring for- and championing- the ship he loved.
To the world at large, the destroyer Warren is a forgotten relic, a rusting has-been best left mouldering in her grave. Johnson alone believes in her, and in the film's climax, she justifies the faith of both Johnson and the new generation recruited to man her.
As a retired USN sailor, I find a verisimilitude in Brennan's performance about the love of a crew for their ship, and in Charles Laughton's performance as a crusty old admiral doing the right things in the most irritating (for his victims) manner possible.
There is greater truth in the crew's reaction to the rescue of a boatload of women and children. People may laugh at the idea of gruff, rough-and-rowdy sailors melting (and getting slightly goofy) over children and babies, but I saw it first hand during Operation Sharp Edge. Yes- grizzled chief petty officers DO actually melt when babies smile.
In an era in which people are jaded by CGI, the special effects are quaint and antiquated, but effective. A great deal of care and attention to detail was paid to the models, and those versed in the ships of the era can make out the (American) vessels by type and class.
Finally, the humor in the movie is top-notch and satisfying with karma and just desserts being served in equal measure.
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