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Submarine Command (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | November 1951 (USA)
Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.


John Farrow


Jonathan Latimer (story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
Nancy Olson ... Carol
William Bendix ... CPO Boyer
Don Taylor ... Lt. Cmdr. Peter Morris
Arthur Franz ... Lt. Arnie Carlson
Darryl Hickman ... Ens. Jack Wheelwright
Peggy Webber ... Mrs. Alice Rice
Moroni Olsen ... Rear Adm. Joshua Rice
Jack Gregson ... Cmdr. Joshua Rice
Jack Kelly ... Lt. Paul Barton
Don Dunning Don Dunning ... Quartermaster Perkins
Jerry Paris ... Sgt. Gentry
Charles Meredith ... Adm. Tobias
Philip Van Zandt ... Gavin
Gordon Polk ... Ralph


Submarine commander Ken White is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub during WW II. Subsequent years of meaningless navy ground assignments and the animosity of a former sailor, leave White (now a captain) feeling guilty and empty. His life spirals downward and his wife is about to leave him. Suddenly, he is forced into a dangerous rescue situation at the start of the Koren War.... reassigned to the same submarine where all of his problems began. Written by WesternWildcard

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Drama | War


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Did You Know?


No ship of the US Navy has ever borne the name USS Tiger Shark or Tigershark. See more »


While talking with the rescued pilot in the wardroom, LCdr White says he had made three cruises on another boat. During WWII these were called War Patrols, or Patrols for short. See more »


Referenced in The Omen Legacy (2001) See more »

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The actors make this routine plot enjoyable.
11 August 2018 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

William Holden did a nice job in this patriotic movie but for the most part this film seemed be the same plot from so many war-time movies. A commander had to make some hard decisions by letting people die in order to save the ship. Of course, at least a few of the people disagree with the decision- and there we have the rub of the story. The only difference in this tale than others. is the fact that most of the mental conflict about the decision comes at the close of the war instead of playing out during the war. So this seemed like a reused plot with names being changed for the audience approval.

Do not get me wrong, the movie has some gifted actors that gave nice performances. Along with Holden, William Bendix and Nancy Olson did a nice job keeping the story interesting and the viewer involved in the story. Even when the writing (at the end) was rushed and forgiveness came like a flash, the actors made the transition flawlessly. Perhaps a bit more time should have been planned for the ending instead of feeling rushed to an conclusion. But since this was not to be, we are left with a film that is at least entertaining and we can enjoy the talent of the actors. Nice watch.

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Release Date:

November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Submarine Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Vallejo, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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