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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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Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
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Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
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Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
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Lt. Larry
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Lt. (j.g.) Bob Perry
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Jonesy
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The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
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Cmdr. Steele
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Ens. Caldwell
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Commander, SUBPAC
Jack Pennick ...
The Chief
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Sister Anna
Vincent Fotre ...
Soundman
Lewis Martin ...
Squad Commander
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Junior
Louis Mosconi ...
Radarman Mosconi
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Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
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Torpedo Officer (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
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Sparks - Radioman (uncredited)
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Mick - SP Commander (uncredited)
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Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ...
Crewman (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ...
Crewman (uncredited)
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Hawaiian (uncredited)
Brett King ...
Lt. Ernie Stark (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Quartermaster (uncredited)
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Crewman (uncredited)
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Freddie - Officer on Submarine Corvena) (uncredited)
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Japanese Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ...
Trailer Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Robert Nash ...
Quartermaster (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ...
Shore Patrolman (uncredited)
William Self ...
Helmsman (uncredited)
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Lt. Jorgenson (uncredited)
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Naval Officer at Briefing (uncredited)
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Ground Control Officer (uncredited)
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Dick - Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ...
Crewman (uncredited)
Mack Williams ...
Crewman (uncredited)
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Pilot Briefing Officers on Carrier (uncredited)

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George Waggner

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George Waggner ... (written by)

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Louis F. Edelman ... producer

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Max Steiner

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Bert Glennon ... director of photography

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Alan Crosland Jr.

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Leo K. Kuter

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John Gilbert Kissel

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Gordon Bau ... makeup artist

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Russell Saunders ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Francis J. Scheid ... sound

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Hans F. Koenekamp ... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
William C. McGann ... special effects director (as William McGann)

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Soldier Graham ... gaffer (uncredited)

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Murray Cutter ... orchestrations

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Charles A. Lockwood ... technical adviser (as Vice-Admiral Charles Lockwood U.S.N. {Rtd.})
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Sub Raiders Throw an Underwater Uppercut for Uncle Sam! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Opération dans le Pacifique (France)
  • La flota silenciosa (Spain)
  • Keravnos ton vython (Greece)
  • Операция *Тихи океан* (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Squalo tonante (Italy)
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  • 111 min
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Trivia During filming Gary Cooper visited the set to persuade his mistress Patricia Neal to abort his child. Neal later became a pro-life activist. See more »
Goofs The studio set is much larger than a wartime submarine would have been. See more »
Movie Connections Features Destination Tokyo (1943). See more »
Soundtracks We Watch the Skyways See more »
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 »
Quotes Ens. Caldwell: [after the Chief and Junior are killed] I couldn't help it about the Chief.
Duke E. Gifford: Remembering how he took care of you?
Ens. Caldwell: Yes sir.
Duke E. Gifford: Well, before he took care of you, he took care of Larry, before Larry, he took care of me and before me he took care of Pop. Chiefs have been taking care of this man's Navy for a long time, Mister Caldwell. Don't worry about him, there's a lot of good sailors back there for him to take care of.
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