During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

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George Waggner

Writer:

George Waggner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
Patricia Neal ... Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
Ward Bond ... Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Scott Forbes ... Lt. Larry
Philip Carey ... Lt. (j.g.) Bob Perry
Paul Picerni ... Jonesy
William Campbell ... The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
Kathryn Givney ... Cmdr. Steele
Martin Milner ... Ens. Caldwell
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Commander, SUBPAC
Jack Pennick ... The Chief
Virginia Brissac ... Sister Anna
Vincent Fotre Vincent Fotre ... Soundman
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Squad Commander
Sam Edwards ... Junior
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Storyline

The submarine USS Thunderfish successfully completes a secret mission to rescue a group of orphans on a remote Pacific island. On the way back to Honolulu they encounter a Japanese aircraft carrier but the torpedoes they fire explode about halfway to the target, a recurring problem that has plagued the submarine fleet for some time. The Thunderfish's XO, Duke Gifford runs into his ex-wife and Navy nurse Mary Stuart at the hospital. There's still a spark between them but the boat is sent out on another mission before anything is resolved. When Gifford's good friend and captain, Pop Perry, is killed Gifford believe it's his fault. A inquiry clears him and after he and his men solve the problem of the misfiring torpedoes, they set out to sea. Written by garykmcd

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Sub Raiders Throw an Underwater Uppercut for Uncle Sam! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Wayne's navy cap from the film was sold by Texas-based Heritage Auctions for $10,755. See more »

Goofs

When the dummy torpedo warhead is being hauled up by crane and dropped on a target to test the new firing mechanisms, 3 tests are performed. All 3 tests are the exact same piece of footage. You can tell by the way the warhead bounces when it hits its target, the same 2 seamen are to either side of it in the foreground in all 3 tests, and the left seaman jerks his right arm to the left in exactly the same manner in all 3 tests. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Steele: [whispering to keep babies from crying] I heard every word you said. I've been trying to keep my nose out of your business, but I can't stand by any longer and watch you make a fool of yourself.
Lt. Mary Stuart: Commander Steele...
Cmdr. Steele: Of course he comes to you when he wants to play. Where do you want him to go? Some other woman? You married him for what he is and then tried to make something else out of him. Well, you couldn't, and you never will. You began to feel sorry for yourself. How long would you love him if ...
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Crazy Credits

In keeping with the submarine theme of the film: at the very start, we see a submarine periscope break the surface of the sea, then we see an officer looking into the view-port of the periscope, then we see the opening credits appear, as if being viewed through a periscope. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German version was edited by ca. 13 minutes. German DVD release contains this cut version and the original US version. See more »

Connections

References George Washington Slept Here (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

It Can't Be Wrong
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played at the restaurant/club
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What you would expect from a 50s era John Wayne war film...
17 August 2020 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... in that it is overall what I would expect from the genre and the actor. John Wayne stars as Lt. Cmdr. Duke Gifford, the first mate aboard a US Navy submarine fighting in the Pacific theater during WWII. He and his fellow submariners brave depth charges and leaky hulls while battling Japanese forces.When they make it back to base, Duke tries to rekindle the flame with his ex-wife, Navy nurse Lt. Mary Stuart (Patricia Neal), but she's also seeing Navy airman Lt. Bob Perry (Philip Carey). Ward Bond, of John Ford's stock company (although this is not a Ford film) and Milburn Stone also make an appearance.

The submarine action is exciting and well-executed, with fine miniature work and editing. Things really bog down, though, when the plot moves back to base and the tired love triangle comes to the forefront. The opening scenes, involving the rescue of a group of nuns and small children, is very corny. All-in-all, I liked the movie well enough, and I would recommend it for fans of John Wayne action films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Pacific See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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