During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander.Written by
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Though set in the South Atlantic Ocean, ocean scenes were filmed in the Pacific Ocean. See more »
When the first radar echo is detected, and it is classed as possibly a submarine, the captain doesn't want to spook the (possible) sub into a 'crash dive'. In reality, there is no such thing as a 'crash dive', all dives are performed quickly, as it's good practice. See more »
[listening on hydrophone]
Now American, turn the right way and I'll give you a pretty present.
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Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »
A test of cunning and courage between the commander of an American destroyer (Robert Mitchum) and the captain of a german U-boat (Curt Jurgens).
The movie was one of the first to portray the enemy of WWII sympathetic.Jurgens made his American film debut after being a star in European films.Director Dick Powell (who had crooned in Warner musicals in the early 30s,and became a considerable actor in the part of Philip Marlowe during the War) injects the film with exciting pace and a clinical observation of men at war.There are no unnecessary heroics in this movie.
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