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We Dive at Dawn (1943)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 28 June 1943 (UK)
All leave is canceled so that a British submarine can be sent after a new German warship. They chase it so far that they have no fuel to get home.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

J.B. Williams (story), Val Valentine (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
John Mills ... Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.
Louis Bradfield Louis Bradfield ... First Officer - Lt. Brace, R.N.R.
Ronald Millar Ronald Millar ... Third Officer - Lt. Johnson, RNVR
Jack Watling ... Navigating Officer - Lt. Gordon, R.N.
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Coxwain - C / P.O. Dabbs
Caven Watson Caven Watson ... Chief Engine Room Artificer - C / P.O. Duncan
Niall MacGinnis ... Torpedo Gunner's Mate - C / P.O. Mike Corrigan
Eric Portman ... On Hydrophones - L / S. Hobson
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Leading Torpedo Operator - L / S Tug Wilson
Norman Williams Norman Williams ... Periscope Operator - 'Canada'
Lionel Grose Lionel Grose ... Torpedo Operator - 'Spud'
David Peel ... Helmsman - 'Oxford'
Philip Godfrey Philip Godfrey ... Steward - 'Flunkey'
Robert Wilton Jnr Robert Wilton Jnr ... Cook - 'Pincher' (as Robert Wilton)
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Storyline

The crew of HMS submarine Sea Tiger have their leave (and assorted family problems) cut short when they are recalled for a special mission: sink the new German battleship Brandenburg. En route, they learn that their target has entered the heavily defended Baltic; rather than fail, they follow it. Tension builds as they approach their target. After the attempt, escape seems impossible...unless they can refuel in enemy waters. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

A Tense Drama Of Under-The-Sea Heroism !

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

28 June 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mergulhamos ao Amanhecer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the submarines used for this movie, the P615, was sunk in action a few months later. She was torpedoed by the U123 near Sierra Leone on 18 April 1943. All 44 crewmembers lost their lives. See more »

Goofs

Eric Portman's character uses the captured German flyer's uniform, including 'flying boots', when going ashore to find fuel, but when the German flyers are first taken they all swim onto the sub barefooted. See more »

Quotes

L / S. Hobson: [to a fish and chips shop owner] Hello, you old grease-spot; Still frying the same old *dogfish*?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: H. M. S. "Sea Tiger" See more »

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Referenced in I See a Dark Stranger (1946) See more »

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Written by Stephen Adams and Frederick Edward Weatherly
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Good dub dub 2 submarine movie
8 December 2002 | by catheadcatheadcatheadSee all my reviews

I am a fan of submarine books and movies. Most of the movies are crap. I happened to stumble on this movie on UCSD-TV (San Diego) last night and was instantly enthralled. So much more realistic (IMHO) than the typical (American) submarine movie. Compare to "Destination Tokyo" (which I like), for instance. In that movie everything is bright and shiny and relatively uncramped. In WDaD I was thinking "whoa, Das Boot but British". Yeah, it's not perfect but I (like a previous reviewer) was impressed by the portrayal of the difficult submerged attack on the "Brandenburg".

So is this where the old "shoot a bunch of junk out of a torpedo tube so they'll think we're sunk" ploy actually originated?

Anyhoo, on my (short) list of good WWII submarine movies, I would have to put this in the top 5.


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