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
Opening credits: The story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »
Just before the Thunderfish's initial attack on the decoy ship, the underwater shot of it shows a World War I-vintage S-boat, not a fleet submarine. See more »
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 »
West German version was edited by ca. 13 minutes. German DVD release contains this cut version and the original US version. See more »
A middle-of-the-road submarine picture starring John Wayne that unfortunately didn't appeal much to me. First, I'm not a huge fan of Patricia Neal. I know, I know. She was a fine actress and I respect her. But as leading ladies go, she leaves me cold. Second, this is full of clichés and stereotypical plot lines, even for 1951. I'm not huge on war movies in general. Oh it's not some philosophical thing. I actually like a lot of the WW2-era war movies. But many of the ones made from the '50s onward, like this one, feel like programmers to me. There are exceptions, of course, and I praise those movies when I see them. But, for the most part, these types of movies are predictable and dull. There's an audience for this picture that will like it a lot but unfortunately I didn't.
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