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The Deep Six (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 9 March 1958 (UK)
Called to active duty during WW2, reserve Navy Lieutenant Alec Austin struggles to do his military duties while observing his Quaker beliefs, at the dismay of his comrades.


Rudolph Maté


Martin Dibner (novel), Harry Brown | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Alexander 'Alec' Austen
Dianne Foster ... Susan Cahill
William Bendix ... 'Frenchy' Shapiro
Keenan Wynn ... Lt. Comm. Mike Edge
James Whitmore ... Commander Warren Meredith
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Lt. Blanchard
Joey Bishop ... Ski Krokowski
Barbara Eiler ... Claire Innes
Ross Bagdasarian ... Pvt. Aaron Slobodjian
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Austen
Walter Reed ... Paul Clemson
Peter Hansen ... Lieutenant Dooley
Richard Crane ... Lieutenant j.g. Swanson
Steven Marlo ... Collins (as Morris Miller)
Perry Lopez ... Al Mendoza


The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in this WWII drama. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery sergeant Alec Austin, a Quaker whose sincere pacifist sentiments do not sit well with his crew members. When he refuses to fire upon an unidentified plane, the word spreads that Austin cannot be relied upon in battle (never mind that the plane turns out to be one of ours). Written by Anonymous

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"FIND AN ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE--" (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Drama | War


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This film's dedication states that the filmmakers " . . . dedicate this picture to the Destroyer Forces of the United States Navy." See more »


The film begins in New York City. Alex takes Susan to a restaurant at "the beach", supposedly on Long Island with the address on his mailbox - "22 Long Island Road", but the whole area is distinctly Californian and not anywhere near NYC, with cliffs down to the ocean and mountains in the background. See more »


How Many Hearts Have You Broken (with Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
Music by Al Kaufman
Played at the Armenian Social Club
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Learning to Kill
27 May 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Raised by a peace-loving Quaker mother, artist Alan Ladd (as Alexander "Alec" Austen) is nevertheless enlisted for World War II service. This interrupts his romance with attractive younger Dianne Foster (as Susan Cahill). In the Navy, Mr. Ladd meets a typical group of movie sailors. These include frequent co-star William Bendix (as "Frenchy" Shapiro), secretive Keenan Wynn (as Mike Edge), commander James Whitmore (as Warren Meredith) and roommate Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (as Doctor Blanchard). Stand up comic Joey Bishop plays an oddly attractive young sailor, and future "Alvin and the Chipmunks" creator Ross Bagdasarian provides the crew with dozens of Armenian woman. Ladd is made gunnery officer, but his pacifist past causes him to freeze when it's time to shoot. Ladd must learn how to kill or put his crew in danger...

***** The Deep Six (1/15/58) Rudolph Mate ~ Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Dianne Foster, Joey Bishop

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Armenian | English

Release Date:

9 March 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Durchbruch bei Morgenrot See more »

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Production Co:

Jaguar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (archive footage)| Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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