At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage.
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had lessons to make him talk in a higher-pitched manner, as the producers felt his real voice was too deep for the young character he played. See more
When the Compass Rose is disabled and preparing for the night while the repairs are underway, the captain orders the utmost silence be kept to avoid detection by an enemy sub. On the other hand, the ASDIC has been merrily pinging away all the time for hours on the stationary ship, which submerged subs can of course hear across great distances. See more
And I'm the First Lieutenant - I do all the work around here!
The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep awake See more