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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.

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Anthony Asquith

Writers:

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

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 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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Stark drama ashore THAT MATCHES THEIR THRILLS IN THE DEEP! See more »

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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

This movie was initially telecast in Los Angeles, Monday, March 20, 1950 on KECA (Channel 7), and in New York City, Saturday, September 23, 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). Since it had never previously been commercially released in the U.S., these presentations also constituted its U.S. theatrical premieres. 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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Opening credits prologue: H. M. S. "Sea Tiger" See more »


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Thora
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Written by Stephen Adams and Frederick Edward Weatherly
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A fine British wartime film
30 May 2005 | by MerchantVenturerSee all my reviews

Looking back from the safety of 2005 it is difficult to conceive of the difficulties that must have ensued in making decent films in Britian at the height of WW II. Of course they are going to be patriotic, flag-waving type of affairs but within the constraints of the time there were some fine stories, excellent acting and first rate directing.

We Dive At Dawn is not one of the absolute best of this genre but it is very good. Any film involving John Mills would have a problem being bad. And there is also the marvellous Eric Portman.

Sir John's recent death, happily after a long, long life, brings home the journeyman qualities of so many modern actors. He was equally at home, and equally convincing, as a private soldier, airman or naval rating, or as a senior officer. It is difficult to think that many of today's crop, who seem to speak with their own regional accents both on and off duty, are anything like as versatile, and very few are anywhere near as good.

As to the film, it is a rattling good yarn, with glimpses of the family life and problems of some of the crew. I recently watched it again on afternoon television and was still entertained royally.

I had to smile at an American reviewer having difficulty with English accents. We British have to put up with all sorts of American accents in films all the time.


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