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Morning Departure (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 1 December 1946
At the end of World War II, a Royal Navy submarine on routine patrol strikes and detonates a mine. The following explosion sinks the submarine, killing most of its crew. Frantic efforts ... See full summary »

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Harold Clayton

Writer:

Kenneth Woollard (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nigel Patrick ... Lt-Cmdr. Stanford
John Stevens John Stevens ... Lt. Oakley (credit only)
Derek Elphinstone Derek Elphinstone ... Lt. Manson
Ronald Adam ... Lt. McFee
John Baker John Baker ... Petty Officer Barlow
Alban Blakelock Alban Blakelock ... Leading Seaman Hillbrook
Patrick Macnee ... Stoker Marks (credit only)
Anthony Hudson Anthony Hudson ... Stoker Snipe
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Able Seaman Higgins
Michael Hordern ... Commander Gates
Robert Raglan ... Commander Whately
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... Captain Fenton
Ronald Fortt Ronald Fortt ... Captain Marshall
Michael Rose Michael Rose ... Brackley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Caine ... Teaboy
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At the end of World War II, a Royal Navy submarine on routine patrol strikes and detonates a mine. The following explosion sinks the submarine, killing most of its crew. Frantic efforts then take place to rescue those remaining left alive. Written by Tim Kerr-Thomson

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Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1946 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Movie and television debut of Sir Michael Caine (Teaboy). See more »

Connections

Version of Operation Disaster (1950) See more »

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Honest, well acted film
1 April 2019 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

This 1950 British film is still close enough to the Second World War that one feels its authenticity. Roy Baker's direction is steady and competent, John Mills is the epitome of the British stiff upper lip, and Richard Attenborough plays the none too flattering role of the cowardly stoker, reprising and expanding on the uncredited part he had played in IN WHICH WE SERVE (UK 1942), but the whole cast is great to watch.

Perhaps the film is overlong, but it made me feel what an eternity it must have seemed to those confined to the submarine, waiting to be rescued.

Of course it is a sad film, but it is honest and it depicts the difficulties that seamen in submarines had to endure in the 1940s.

Underwater and other photography is quite good, helping to render MORNING DEPARTURE a very convincing work.


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