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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.

Director:

John Farrow

Writer:

Jonathan Latimer (story and screenplay)
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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 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 Gordon Polk ... Ralph
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Storyline

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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Daring naval rescue-raid off Korea ! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Ladd, John Lund, Clint Dorrington, Fred Stephens and John Martin were originally slated to star in the picture. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes when a down pilot is being rescued, the sub is at full stop. However in the dialogue, the captain is still calling orders to the engine room to slow engines. See more »

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Referenced in The Omen Legacy (2001) See more »

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You know you're in trouble when the voice-over narration is more gripping than the story...
19 May 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Another military drama via submarine, this time giving William Holden his turn underwater. He plays a Naval Commander aboard the Tiger Shark in the final days of WWII; as second-in-command to the captain, he makes a decision in the midst of battle which costs the captain his life. Haunted by this alleged failure (which the captain's own widow tells him was not his fault), Holden hopes to redeem himself during the Korean War. One-part military drama, another part soul-searching soaper. Holden gets surly as his self-confidence plummets, lashing out at his new bride (Nancy Olson, who gave up a $300-a-week advertising job just to play housewife!), while disgruntled Chief Petty Officer William Bendix gives Holden such a rough time--when nobody else does--that his personal motives come under question. The dialogue is so rote that only exceptionally talented actors could get by with it, with Holden doing double-duty, narrating in flashback (a device which fared better for Holden in "Sunset Blvd."). Still, that grave voice-over gives the movie its only dramatic thrust, as what we're seeing on the screen is rather dull and predictable. Film is curiously stifled emotionally, though it has solid cinematography by Lionel Lindon. ** from ****


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