“Temptation in Paradise… neither hell nor high heels could stop them” – This one starts in the Pacific in 1943 when an American submarine has a rendezvous with a cruiser to pick up an underwater demolition team. There is conflict right off as the sub crew feels like they are being denied a chance to revenge the sinking of a sister sub because they have to deliver Tab and Frankie to an island on a super-secret special mission guaranteed to affect the entire course of the war in the Pacific. (imdb) – more on all movie
Set during WW II, this film casts allmovie)as Duke Gifford, two-fisted commander on the USS Thunderfish. The always exuberant co-stars as Mary, Duke’s ex-wife. Duke’s hopes of a reconciliation are constantly interrupted by a series of life-threatening circumstances, culminating with the rescue of a group of orphans from a Japanese-held island. (
Technical advisor for this film was Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, the actual Commander, Submarine Forces, Pacific (COMSUBPAC) during World War II. The sequence where the Thunderfish discovers the battleship and cruiser force steaming through Suriago Strait was inspired by the actions of the USS Darter and USS Dace in the opening phase of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. (wikipedia)
The film tells, in flashback form, the misadventures of a fictional American submarine, the USS Sea Tiger, during the opening days of World War II.
United States Navy Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant), ComSubPac in 1959, boards the obsolete submarine USS Sea Tiger prior to its departure for the scrapyard. Himself having been the first commanding officer of Sea Tiger, Sherman begins re-reading his personal logbook, starting a flashback…
Three days after Pearl Harbor, the sub is damaged during an enemy air raid in the Philippines; rather than abandoning her, Sherman and his chiefs refloat the boat. He’s forced to accept the services of Lt. Nick Holden (Tony Curtis), who has no sea experience. Sherman appoints Holden — a born conniver, deal-maker, and scrounger (his motto: “In confusion, there is profit“) — as supply officer, and through a series of burglaries and petty thefts he gets the Sea Tiger seaworthy again.
The Sea Tiger puts to sea ahead of the Japanese with a quintet of stranded army nurses aboard. The film shifts to a new level of humor as the officers and crew try to cope with living in close quarters with five attractive women in their midst. Grant gives a very witty performance as a man who is both exasperated by the situation he is in, having to adjust his masculinity to keep it from clashing with the feminine sensibilities of his guests, and also trying to control the mating urges of his men. (allmovie)
Plucky newspaperwoman Madeleine (Anita Louise) is sent to the Panama Canal to get the lowdown on a mysterious enemy submarine that has been bedevilling Allied shipping lanes. Stowing away on a salvage vessel, Madeleine immediately runs afoul of diver Sinclair (Bruce Bennett), who’s ostensibly looking for sunken gold off the Carribean.
In truth, Sinclair is testing out a diving suit of his own invention, which previously had been rejected by the Navy. Between them, Madeleine and Sinclair manage to discover the purpose behind the “phantom submarine”, exposing an Axis spy ring in the process. (allmovie)
AKA “I Kill You, Roundeye” – Alan Baxter plays the title character, astronomical researcher David Bowman, who, while stationed on a remote Pacific Island, is captured by Japanese secret agent Matsuru (Ernst Dorian) when the island is invaded. Ordered to cooperate with his Japanese captors, Bowman is expected to guide enemy submarines towards American battleships. Eventually, he is able to communicate with the U.S. fleet and foil the villains. (allmovie)
O’Farrell (Bob Hope) is a navy sergeant who tries to boost the moral of the men by bringing in a shipment of beer and nurses. When the beer turns up missing, he calls for an all-out search for the suds. In the process, O’Farrell captures a Japanese submarine single-handedly and tries to pilot the boat to safety. (allmovie)
Based on a novel published first in 1955 by then-Commander Edward L. Beach, Jr.. The novel was on The New York Times Book Review list for several months. Beach served on submarines in the Pacific Ocean during the war, which adds to the realism of the story. He composed two sequels; Dust on the Sea (1972), a third person narrative detailing later patrols of the Eel; and Cold is the Sea (1978), about nuclear submarines.
The cinematic version of his novel was not particularly an object of affection for its author, Edward L. Beach. He would say later that the film company bought only the title and was not interested in producing an accurate depiction of the theme and plot of his novel.
The captain of an old submarine used for training at New London, Connecticut, Commander P.J. “Rich” Richardson (Clark Gable) and his crew are assigned to fit out and commission a new submarine, the USS Walrus, and take her to Pearl Harbor to destroy Japanese shipping in the Pacific Ocean.
His executive officer and former best friend, Lieutenant Jim Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster), is resentful because Richardson was forced to fail him during Bledsoe’s qualification for command after Bledsoe acted recklessly, nearly sinking their boat.
During their first war patrol in the Walrus, they encounter the Japanese destroyer Akikaze, whose skipper, Captain Tateo Nakame (nicknamed “Bungo Pete”), is responsible for a series of sinkings of several American submarines. The Walrus becomes Bungo Pete’s next victim.
Richardson is given a new command, USS Eel, when her skipper comes down with tuberculosis. When the news of the loss of Bledsoe and the Walrus arrives, Richardson convinces his superiors to let him hunt Bungo Pete in the Eel. A great battle ensues in a raging storm between the Eel, fighting on the surface, and Bungo Pete’s special anti-submarine warfare group, which consists of a Q-ship, a Japanese submarine, and the Akikaze.
Soon after the destruction of Bungo Pete, the Eel is detailed to lifeguard duty off Guam, where Richardson’s actions saving three aviators earns him the Medal of Honor.
The film contains several accurate depictions of torpedo attacks being arranged with periscope sightings, range and bearing calculations, and use of a Torpedo Data Computer to achieve a shooting solution. On the surface, the Captain uses a Target Bearing Transmitter mounted on the bridge to acquire a target visually and mark its bearing input for the shooting party inside the conning tower. This depicted the preferred tactic of night surface attack.
The director had real submariners working with the cast until they could realistically depict the complexities of these torpedo attacks. Submarine veterans of World War II who viewed the film remarked on the accuracy of these scenes. The USS Redfish was used for many of the exterior shots. (wikipedia)
Based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel “The Off-Islanders.” The movie tells the Cold War story of the comedic chaos which ensues when the SovietsubmarineÐ¡Ð¿Ñ€ÑƒÑ‚ (pronounced “sproot” and meaning “octopus”) accidentally runs aground near a small New England island town.
Although set on the fictional “Gloucester Island” off the coast of Massachusetts, the movie was filmed on the coast of Northern California in Mendocino. The submarine used was a fabrication. The United States Navy refused to loan one for the production and barred the studio from bringing in a real Russian submarine, forcing the studio to build their own.
The film was a hit in its day, and introduced Alan Arkin (an actual Russian speaker) who played Lt. Yuri Rozanov. (wikipedia)
One of the key Italian films of the wartime era, this is a submarine-disaster drama about the heroism of men under duress. Made under the auspices of Mussolini’s ministry of defense, it is enacted by non-professionals and military personnel.
The film is dedicated “to the memory of the crews that will not return from the depths of the sea, who died so that it may be ours.” MARE NOSTRO. (“Our Sea”, i.e. the Mediterranean… as the Fascist government continually asserted.)
American, Chinese and Australian agents join forces to stop the Nazis from obtaining the formula for synthetic fuel. (imdb)
Based on the ’30s comic-strip character, Secret Agent X-9 was a black-and-white adventure serial from Universal. This 1945 version stars a young Lloyd Bridges as the American hero Phil Corrigan, also known as Secret Agent X-9. (allmovie)
Secret Agent X-9 was a comic strip begun by writer Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon) and artist Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon). Syndicated by King Features, it ran from January 22, 1934 until February 10, 1996.
X-9 was a nameless agent who worked for a nameless agency. X-9 used the name “Dexter” in the first story (“It’s not my name, but it’ll do.”) He later acquired the name “Phil Corrigan” in the 1940s and decades later the strip was renamed “Secret Agent Corrigan.” (more on wikipedia)
Tough-guy actor (on-screen and off) Paul Kelly starred in this typical war-time serial about a police officer going undercover in order to smash a spy ring. The ring is led by a fifth columnist who has knowledge that the Americans are developing a secret formula for manufacturing synthetic rubber. (Released as a feature film overseas.) (allmovie)
In this drama set during WWII, an engineer in a Dutch shipyard assists the Nazis with the construction of two new kinds of submarines and finds himself a social pariah. (allmovie)
He undertakes a covert campaign of sabotage of his own work, leaving notes and graffiti signed under his nom de guerre Piet Hein (a reference to the Dutch naval hero Piet Hein, (right) whose victory over a Spanish “Silver Fleet” gives the film its title). (wikipedia)
Recorded sound effects punctuate this silent drama. Navy man Jack Reagon (Jack Holt) falls for dance-hall girl Bessie (Dorothy Revier) and they marry, but she can’t adjust to the bonds of matrimony.
A love affair starts between Bessie and Reagon’s longtime Navy pal Bob Mason (Ralph Graves), who later becomes trapped underwater in a sunken submarine. Reagon succeeds in rescuing his best friend and Bessie admits her unfaithfulness.
With actual underwater scenes and a gripping screenplay, this adventure film was a big success for director Frank Capra. (allmovie)
The plot of the Pine-Thomas adventure quickie Submarine Alert is more than a little beholden to Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Richard Arlen plays FBI radio engineer Lee Deerhold, who turns bitter and vindictive when he is abruptly fired.
In fact, his termination was engineered by his FBI superiors,rendering Deerhold susceptible to offers from a gang of Nazi saboteurs. When Deerhold finally gets wise to what’s going on, he finds himself being hotly pursued by practically everyone else in the picture. (allmovie)
That truly bad poster has all the makings for a great MM/gcaptain t-shirt.