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The Enemy Below (1957)

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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Director:

Dick Powell

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay), D.A. Rayner (novel) (as Commander D.A. Rayner)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Capt. Murrell
Curd Jürgens ... Von Stolberg (as Curt Jurgens)
David Hedison ... Lt. Ware (as Al Hedison)
Theodore Bikel ... 'Heinie' Schwaffer
Russell Collins ... Doctor
Kurt Kreuger ... Von Holem
Frank Albertson ... Lt. Crain
Biff Elliot ... Quartermaster
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Storyline

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 Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>

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The death battle of the sub-killer and the killer-sub ! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 January 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Obračun na Atlantiku See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,910,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Except for a still photo of Eva Novak, there are no women in this film. This is unusual since film makers like to include something (like a love plot) of interest to women. See more »

Goofs

When Vol Stolberg goes to leave the control room, he sees the word "Furher" on a sign above the doorway. He covers with it with a towel, but in the next shot the position of the towel has changed. See more »

Quotes

'Heinie' Schwaffer: I don't see how we could have missed at that close range.
Von Stolberg: We shouldn't have. This American captain is no amateur. Well, neither am I.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »

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Soundtracks

So leben wir alle Tage
(Drinking Song) (uncredited)
Traditional German folksong sung to the tune of the "Dessauer Marsch"
English lyrics by Charles Henderson
Sung by Curd Jürgens and the crew of the U-Boat
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U.S.Destroyer hunting German U-boat
4 May 1999 | by RIO-15See all my reviews

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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