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Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 January 1951 (USA)
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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

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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He's Skipper "Duke" Gifford Who Could Put A Torpedo Through A Needle...And Sew Up A Date With A Laugh! See more »

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Drama | War

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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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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The problem with the torpedoes depicted in the movie was actually one of several problems the USN experienced with its torpedoes. In addition to the firing pins their magnetic detonators were unreliable as was the torpedo's ability to maintain correct depth. The torpedo was designed to either strike the target directly or pass under the target and detonate under the keel thus breaking the ship's back. If the torpedo ran too shallow it struck the target, and given the firing pin defect, may not detonate. If the torpedo ran too deep the magnetic trigger could not detect the ships magnetic field thus passing under the ship without detonating. The torpedoes were so unreliable that multiple torpedoes were fired at each target in a "spread" such that the ship's stern, bow, and midships were each targeted in the hope that one would find its target AND detonate. Returning from a patrol having fired all 24 torpedoes resulting in 3 or 4 enemy ships sunk was considered a very good patrol, one to be proud of and even brag about. The USN Bureau of Ordnance (BuOrd) was responsible for the development and testing of USN torpedoes. Even though the defects were obvious to everyone who fired the weapon in combat, BuOrd's insistence that the torpedoes were without defect bordered on the criminal. Their pigheadedness resulted in delaying the deployment of reliable torpedoes by at least two years. See more »

Goofs

As the sub is attempting to dive after discovering that the ship they had attacked was a Q-ship. The Captain and the inside of the conning tower is hit by bullets, not bullets that had penetrated the steel that made up the metal of the conning tower. Those bullets would have had to come from behind and above. And the Q-ship was not high enough to fire down on them and hit them behind the nearly chest-high bridge enclosure. The gun would have had to have come from behind, and the Q-ship was in front of them. Also after the captain was hit, a crewman came back up out of the conning tower hatch to attempt to pull the captain below. He too was hit by machine gun fire. Something that would have been impossible by anything but an attacking airplane. See more »

Quotes

'Pop' Perry: Take her down!
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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

Features Destination Tokyo (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

It Can't Be Wrong
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played at the restaurant/club
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24 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

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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