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The Deep Six (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 9 March 1958 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alexander 'Alec' Austen
... Susan Cahill
... 'Frenchy' Shapiro
... Lt. Comm. Mike Edge
... Commander Warren Meredith
... Lt. Blanchard
... Ski Krokowski
Barbara Eiler ... Claire Innes
... Pvt. Aaron Slobodjian
... Mrs. Austen
... Paul Clemson
... Lieutenant Dooley
... Lieutenant j.g. Swanson
... Collins (as Morris Miller)
... Al Mendoza
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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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Durchbruch bei Morgenrot  »

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The USS 'Poe' ship in this film was portrayed by the real-life Fletcher Class destroyer DD-538 USS 'Stephen Potter' for this movie. This vessel was named after World War I naval aviator Ensign Stephen Potter (1896-1918). The ship was chosen because of it was used during the Second World War. See more »

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Near the start of the movie, Alan is having dinner with his girlfriend at a restaurant. They are served drinks. Her drink goes up and down in volume depending on what angle the camera goes. Sometimes even fuller than it started. See more »

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How Many Hearts Have You Broken (with Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
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Music by Al Kaufman
Played at the Armenian Social Club
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Ladd on the downslope
18 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of a series of films made by Alan Ladd on the downhill side of his career after he left Paramount. A lot of them were good routine action stuff that had made him so popular in the 1940s. But he was getting older and wouldn't transition into older character parts.

The Deep Six concerns a naval reserve officer who because of his Quaker upbringing freezes in a combat situation. The men on the ship lose confidence in him and his only friend is the CPO on the destroyer, played by William Bendix.

In fact Bendix gives the best performance in the film. Ladd and Bendix did several films together at Paramount in the 1940s and they had a deep friendship and an easy camaraderie that comes through in The Deep Six. Bendix was a cut above a lot of the other character actors at Paramount, whereas he may have been doing character roles at Paramount, from the mid 40s on he was a popular radio and then TV star with his Life of Riley series.

The rest of the cast fills their roles out nicely. James Whitmore, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Dianne Foster, and especially Keenan Wynn as the ship's hardnosed executive officer who is Ladd's chief tormentor. Look for Joey Bishop in a small role as one of the sailors.


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