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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.

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Cast verified as complete

Capt. Murrell
Von Stolberg (as Curt Jurgens)
Lt. Ware (as Al Hedison)
'Heinie' Schwaffer
Von Holem
Lt. Crain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bair ...
Ellis (uncredited)
Alfred K. Baroa ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Jimmy Bates ...
QM1 Quiroga (uncredited)
Thomas Beyl ...
FMB Operator (uncredited)
Robert Boon ...
Chief Engineer (uncredited)
German Soldier (uncredited)
Roger L. Cornwall ...
German Sailor (uncredited)
Dale Cummings ...
German Sailor (uncredited)
Jeff Daley ...
BMSN Corky (uncredited)
Peter Dane ...
Radarman Andrews (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ...
American Sailor (uncredited)
Lt. Mackeson (uncredited)
Joe Di Reda ...
BMSN Robbins (uncredited)
Maurice Doner ...
Cook (uncredited)
Louie Elias ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Richard Elmore ...
American Sailor (uncredited)
German Sailor (uncredited)
Jack N. Kramer ...
Albert - German Sailor (uncredited)
Arthur La Ral ...
Kunz (uncredited)
Marco Lopez ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Lt. Bonelli (uncredited)
Ens. Merry (uncredited)
German Soldier (uncredited)
German Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Oberschall ...
Braun (uncredited)
Ted Perritt ...
Messenger (uncredited)
David Post ...
Sonarman Lewis (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ...
Fireman (uncredited)
Werner Reichow ...
Mueller (uncredited)
American Sailor (uncredited)
Dan Tana ...
German Sailor (uncredited)
Robert Whiteside ...
Torpedo Petty Officer (uncredited)
Lee J. Winters ...
Striker (uncredited)

Directed by

Dick Powell

Written by

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

Produced by

Dick Powell ... producer

Music by

Leigh Harline

Cinematography by

Harold Rosson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Stuart Gilmore

Editorial Department

Leonard Doss ... color consultant

Art Direction by

Albert Hogsett
Lyle R. Wheeler

Set Decoration by

Fay Babcock ... (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

Charles Le Maire ... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)

Makeup Department

Ben Nye ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Arthur Lueker ... assistant director

Sound Department

Harry M. Leonard ... sound
Arthur von Kirbach ... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Etter D'Orazio ... sound editor (uncredited)
Walter Rossi ... sound effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

L.B. Abbott ... special photographic effects

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

Charles Henderson ... vocal supervisor
Lionel Newman ... conductor
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator
Leo Arnaud ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Victor Arno ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Sol Babitz ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Frank Beach ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Russ Cheever ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
John Clyman ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Don Cristlieb ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fred Fox ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Ossip Giskin ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Lou Maury ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Abe Most ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Howard Roberts ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Jimmy Rowles ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Paul Shure ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Felix Slatkin ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ann Stockton ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann ... orchestra manager (uncredited)

Other crew

Albert Beck ... technical adviser
C.E. Dunston ... technical adviser (as Comdr. C.E. Dunston USN)
Walter R. Smith ... technical adviser (as Lt. Comdr. Walter R. Smith USN)
Crew verified as complete

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Special Effects


Other Companies

  • Bausch & Lomb (Cinemascope Lenses by)
  • Department of Defense (Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank, for their assistance in the production of this motion picture)
  • Intrada (score album released by) (limited edition)
  • Twentieth Century Fox (Cinemascope is the registered trademark of)
  • United States Navy (Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank, for their assistance in the production of this motion picture)


Plot Summary

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

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

Also Known As
  • Torpilles sous l'Atlantique (France)
  • Duell im Atlantik (Germany)
  • Duelo en el Atlántico Norte (Spain)
  • Duelo en el Atlantico (Spain)
  • Torpilles sous l'atlantique (Canada, French title)
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  • 98 min
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Budget $1,910,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia In an interview in July 1977 with 'The New York Times', Curd Jürgens (who played the German submarine commander Capt. Von Stolberg), said: "This was an important picture for me because it was the first film after the war in which a German officer was not interpreted as a freak." See more »
Goofs On board the U-boat we hear the sea depth given as "310 meters"; that's equivalent to 170 fathoms or 1,020 feet. We then hear the same depth given on board the destroyer as "150 fathoms". Murrell converts it in his head first to meters, then to feet, even though as an experienced American seaman he would certainly know that 1 fathom is exactly 6 feet. Furthermore, although the fathom depth was wrong, he converts to the right value: "310 meters - that's over 1,000 feet". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Killers of the Deep (1966). See more »
Soundtracks So leben wir alle Tage See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Von Stolberg: I should have died many times, Captain, but I continue to survive somehow. This time it was your fault.
Captain Murrell: I didn't know. Next time I won't throw you the rope.
Von Stolberg: I think you will.
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