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Up Periscope (1959)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 19 April 1959 (Japan)
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In 1942, Navy Lieutenant Kenneth Braden from the underwater demolition team is sent to a Japanese island to photograph secret radio codes.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau), Robb White (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Lt. J.G. Kenneth M. Braden
Edmond O'Brien ... Commander Paul Stevenson
Andra Martin ... Sally Johnson
Alan Hale Jr. ... Lt. Pat Malone (as Alan Hale)
Carleton Carpenter ... Lt. Phil Carney
Frank Gifford ... Ensign Cy Mount
William Leslie ... Lt. Doherty
Richard Bakalyan ... Seaman Peck
Edd Byrnes ... Pharmacist Mate Ash (as Edward Byrnes)
Sean Garrison ... Seaman Floyd
Henry Kulky Henry Kulky ... Chief Petty Officer York
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Storyline

Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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The man they called the 'human torpedo' - the secret underwater marauder who hit like no man hit before! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Up Periscope! See more »

Filming Locations:

Pacific Ocean See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Up Periscope (1959) was released in '59 (1959). Many years later a parody of the submarine movie genre would be made both in a year with a reverse of this film's year of release (i.e. in '95 (1995)) and with also a title that reverses this movie's title (i.e. Down Periscope (1996)). See more »

Goofs

Alan Hale Jr.'s character Pat Malone is listed in the IMDB cast list as being of the rank of Lieutenant (Lt) whereas he was an Ensign, two ranks lower. There is a scene where Pat Malone shaves his beard after being promoted to Lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden: How come they call you Weary?
Weary: That's my name.
Lt. j.g. Kenneth M. Braden: Nickname?
Weary: No, sir, my real name. I'm the youngest of 13 children. I guess when I was born, my mother couldn't think of another name.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC - 1942 See more »

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Referenced in Down Periscope (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
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Played as the submarine returns
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A superior cast bolsters this otherwise routine war drama.
5 September 1999 | by buxSee all my reviews

O'Brien is the sub commander, who loses the trust of his crew, Garner the naval officer assigned a commando mission-but the real story here is the vintage cast-Richard Bakalyan and Warren Oates are joined by TV's familiar faces: Edd (Kooky) Byrnes, Henry (Otto Schmidlapp from "Life of Riley") Kulka, and Alan (the Skipper from "Gilligan's Island") Hale Jr. The fine performances are punctuated by adequate action scenes that result in a very watchable picture.


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