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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.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

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

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 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Durchbruch bei Morgenrot See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaguar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

How Many Hearts Have You Broken (with Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
(uncredited)
Music by Al Kaufman
Played at the Armenian Social Club
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Fun to watch just to play guess the actor.
29 May 2011 | by miles_to_go_beforeSee all my reviews

This movie was really quite bad. No action, the conflicts were not well dramatized. Alan Ladd did not seem to be giving much of an effort here at all. He looked about 15 years older than his 45 years. However, there are a lot of famous actors in it and only fun part of this was in guessing their names. "Hey, that was Jerry(the beaver) Mathers!" From beginning to end this movie never really got off the ground. The pacing seemed very slow and if I'm not mistaken it was done with a small budget. At one point the destroyer they were on changed to an aircraft carrier during a Japanese strafing run. All the action scenes and scenes were rushed and seemed uninteresting. William Bendix was probably the best of the bunch at the time. The story lines of the side characters were never developed to a point where anyone could care about them.


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