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Operation Disaster (1950)

Morning Departure (original title)
Approved | | Drama, History, War | 18 May 1950 (France)
The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

William Fairchild (screenplay) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), Kenneth Woollard (based on the stage play of the same name by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Lieut. Commander Armstrong
Nigel Patrick ... Lieut. Manson
Peter Hammond ... Sub Lieut. Oakley
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Sub Lieut. (E) J. McFee
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... C.P.O. Barlow
George Cole ... E.R.A. Marks
Victor Maddern ... Leading Telegraphist Hillbrook
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Leading Seaman Andrews
Frank Coburn Frank Coburn ... Leading Seaman Brough
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Leading Seaman Kelly
James Hayter ... Able Seaman Higgins
Wylie Watson ... Able Seaman Nobby Clarke
Richard Attenborough ... Stoker Snipe
George Thorpe George Thorpe ... Capt. Fenton
Bernard Lee ... Commander Gates
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Storyline

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

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Taglines:

Incomparable Drama of the Sea! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1950 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Disaster See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Morning departure Features,able seaman Clarke, wylie Watson memory man in the 39stems 1935 Also James hayer able seaman Higgins memory man uni the 39steps 1959 See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the destroyers are first seen searching for the Trojan, the pennant letters on the side of one of the destroyers are seen in reverse. See more »

Quotes

Helen Armstong: Why does the Navy insist on doing everything at the crack of dawn? The sea's there all day.
Lieutenant Commander Armstrong: It impresses the taxpayers.
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One of the most compelling movies (in a good way) I've ever seen
16 November 1999 | by paulyboySee all my reviews

Morning Departure had a somewhat slow beginning but it quickly immerses you in the characters and their relationships with one another and with their duty. Whereas a lot of movies these days really try and make you care about the characters by the end of this movie your wondering if there is anything you could do at home to help them out! I actually saw this movie for the first time about 3 years ago but seriously rate this as my favorite movie to date when not influenced by current blockbusters.


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