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Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay), Edward L. Beach (based on novel by) (as Commander Edward L. Beach)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson
Burt Lancaster ... Lt. Jim Bledsoe
Jack Warden ... Yeoman 1st Class Mueller
Brad Dexter ... Ens. Gerald Cartwright
Don Rickles ... Quartermaster 1st Class Ruby
Nick Cravat ... Russo
Joe Maross Joe Maross ... Chief Kohler
Mary LaRoche ... Laura Richardson
Eddie Foy III Eddie Foy III ... Larto
Rudy Bond Rudy Bond ... Sonarman 1st Class Cullen
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Storyline

The captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during WWII is finally given a chance to skipper another sub after a year of working a desk job. His singleminded determination for revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel puts his new crew in unneccessary danger. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Gable and Lancaster make the seas boil in the battle adventure that hits like a torpedo!

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

27 March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Run Silent, Run Deep See more »

Filming Locations:

Salton Sea, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Daily Variety reported in May 1955 that United Artists had acquired the rights to the novel "Run Silent Run Deep" by Cmdr. Edward L. Beach. This, apparently, was the first time that the UA actually acquired a property outright without a ready production schedule. The studio had been originally established as a financing/production organization that would make films in association with independent producers who already had properties they owned and wanted to produce. See more »

Goofs

After Bledsoe has explained to the crew that their orders would not take them to the Bungo Straits, he goes down a ladder. The next shot shows him where he landed at the foot of the ladder, but the ladder itself has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Commander Richardson: The best exec I could possibly get in the whole Navy. "The backstop" I think you said, and the first command you give as a captain is to order a retreat!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "Bungo Straits Near the Coast of Japan 1942" See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.88 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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A "War" movie that succeeds at all levels
24 March 2002 | by RHKLWKSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie depicting the experience of one United States Navy submarine during the Second World War. The "Silent Service" never looked better.

It is filmed in black and white, which is (possibly) a salute to the "Victory at Sea" series of a few years before, but this film would not work as well in color (in contrast with "Das Boot," which would not work as well in black and white). Like "Das Boot," the sets are realistic and give the viewer an intimate feeling of the claustrophobia that existed on these small subs.

The script is excellent, although I have one recommendation: Try to watch this film in a "closed caption" mode. I hear fine, but when I watched it a second time in closed captioned, I picked up even more, particularly the names of the crew.

Gable and Lancaster are a little too old for the roles they are playing. But, this is a small complaint in comparison to their remarkable performances. It's easy to think of Gable as "Rhett Butler," no more and no less, but this film illustrates what a very fine actor he was. Lancaster is excellent, and gives a preview of his Oscar-winning turn in "Elmer Gantry," just a year or two later.

This is an old-fashioned film made with the able assistance of the U.S. Navy, and one cannot help but feeling a little pride in our nation and gratitude for our brave WW II veterans, after watching it. Highly recommended.


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