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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?


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


William Fairchild (screenplay) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), Kenneth Woollard (based on the stage play of the same name by)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




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 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


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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Mightiest Drama of Ships and Men! See more »


Drama | History | War


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Did You Know?


The first of two movies and two television series in which Roy Ward Baker would direct George Cole. See more »


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 »


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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Version of Morning Departure (1946) See more »

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Routine equipment exercise goes very wrong for submariners.
7 August 2008 | by irvingwarnerSee all my reviews

A Rank production, with passable production quality and excellent acting. Much stock footage and a healthy amt. of rear projection, par for keeping costs down on Rank dramatic quickies. Since the screenplay was adapted from a play, its stage origins are still somewhat apparent. The performances of Mills, and a very young Attenborough, plus seemingly one-half the J.R. Rank stable of regulars are very good. The sets and costumes were surprisingly ratty--long in the tooth! Still, this is only a few years after the war, and things were still very hard-up in England. Ultimately, this is a "talker" and not an "actioner", and it does fairly well for all that, though not spectacularly so. The ending, to me, disappointed. I do recommend this for classic movie fans.

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18 May 1950 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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