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We Dive at Dawn (1943)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 28 June 1943 (UK)
All leave is cancelled 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.


Anthony Asquith


J.B. Williams (story), Val Valentine (story) | 2 more credits »




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)


The crew of submarine H.M.S. 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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A Tense Drama Of Under-The-Sea Heroism ! See more »


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The filming of the submarine was shared between submarines P614 and P615, with the last digit painted over, leaving "P61", which has led to its being identified as H.M.S. Varangian. See more »


The sub is submerged; the Captain is using the periscope to view a target. He then orders a 15 degree turn, but the Captain continues to view the target without moving the periscope to adjust for the turn. See more »


Captain: [Last lines whie watching the arriving and departing submarines] One goes in, another one goes out, just like running a ruddy bus service.
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The British Navy is always welcome in Denmark!
26 March 2007 | by GaryWangSee all my reviews

Any film about WWII made during WWII by a British production company has no latter-day peer in my opinion, respectfully. The confluence of so many things near and dear to my heart are in At Dawn We Dive: as a descendant of Admiral Horatio Nelson and student of all aspects of World War Two and particularly naval warfare, I favor depictions of subs and action in the North Atlantic and especially those which include the German side of things. For those unacquainted with target priorities, an attack on an enemy warship is the greatest event that a submarine can hope to encounter and such a rare opportunity would develop surprisingly similarly to what we see here. The pacing is deliberate and typical of the works coming out of the Ealing, Rank and British-Gaumont studios back in the day: frankly I prefer its quieter, more cerebral approach for its humanity and realism that engages far better than any over-produced Hollywood movie ever could. This reminds me of Powell and Pressburger's The 49th Parallel thanks to the powerfully persuasive Eric Portman, a favorite of mine. John Mills receives second billing and a smaller font in the titles, so this is clearly meant to be Mr. Portman's film but the whole cast shines. As for the title sequence, am I the only one who is utterly charmed by Gainsborough Production's lovely pre-CGI Gainsborough Girl?

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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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