Re-released in 1959 as Torpedo Zone. + In this adventure, the commander of an Italian submarine scuttles a ship and ends up saving the survivors. He must then make the difficult decision about whether they should live or die. (allmovie)
This Italian movie is only incidentally about life aboard a submarine during the Second World War. It is no epic adventure like the more famous DAS BOOT or RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP. Rather it is a quiet reflective anti-war film about the dilemmas of good human beings trapped by the exigencies and ironies of war. (more on imdb)
Ship engineer Jim Taggert (John Litel) is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan, an American gangster that found New York too hot for him, and has become a fisherman off of the coast of South America. (imdb)
Submarine Command reunites the romantic leads from Sunset Boulevard, William Holden and Nancy Olsen. Holden is cast as Commander White, who during an enemy attack orders that his submarine dive to avoid destruction. Though his action saves his crew, it results in the death of the machine-gunner left topside during the attack.
With the exception of vindictive chief torpedo-man Boyer (William Bendix), no one holds White to task for his decision — save for White himself, who is plagued with guilt and doubt ever after. The thrill-packed climax finds White’s submarine engaged in a sabotage action against communist forces off the coast of Korea. (allmovie)
SS-306 was actually the USS Tang. During the war, Tang was credited with sinking 31 ships in her five patrols, totaling 227,800 tons, and damaging two for 4,100 tons. She sank 33 ships totalling 116,454 tons, unequaled among American submarines.Commander Richard O’Kane received the Medal of Honor for her last two engagements (23 and 24 October 1944).
Tang was sunk during the last engagement by a circular run of her final torpedo, going down in 180 ft (55 m) of water. Several of the crew managed to reach the surface, only to be captured by the Japanese. The only known emergency use of the Momsen lung is during the escape from Tang on 25 October 1944.
The Momsen lung was a primitive underwater rebreather used before and during World War II by American submariners as emergency escape gear. The device recycled the breathing gas by using a counterlung containing soda lime to scrub carbon dioxide. The Royal Navy used a similar device, the Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus, but it was clumsy to use.
With the considerable input of ex-Navy officer Frank Wead (who wrote the script) and technical adviser Cmdr. G. W. D. Dashielle, Submarine D-1 is far more realistic than the usual run of maritime melodramas. Pat O’Brien and Wayne Morris star as Butch Rogers and Sock McGillis, old submarine hands stationed in Panama.
At sea, our two heroes are virtually inseparable. On land, Butch and Sock battle over pretty Ann Sawyer (Doris Weston). The documentary-style direction serves to heighten suspense when, during war games, Submarine D-1 is disabled deep, deep below the surface, endangering the lives of all on board. (allmovie)
This film offers many insights into the U.S. Navy submarine force just prior to World War II. Use of the Momsen lung for emergency submarine rescues is featured as well as the training tank structures of New London, Connecticut submarine base. (wikipedia)
Set during World War I, Submarine Patrol stars Preston S. Foster as a naval officer demoted for dereliction of duty. He is forced to commandeer a battered old submarine chaser. Anxious to redeem himself, Foster transforms his loser underlings into a crack combat team, and chalks up numerous enemy sinkings.
Partly written by William Faulkner and deftly directed by John Ford, Submarine Patrol was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike. (allmovie)
Set in the early stages of the war, the film makes several suppositions concerning the events surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack which don’t entirely hold up when seen today.
In the first reel, a Japanese aircraft carrier en route to Hawaii takes time out to shell an American yacht, killing all the passengers except for heroine Sue Curry (Marguerite Chapman). Fortunately she is rescued by a passing submarine, and promptly falls in love with commander Chris Warren (John Howard).
Warren tries to alert Pearl Harbor of the impending sneak attack. Failing to do so, he spends the remainder of the picture trying to sink the enemy aircraft carrier. (allmovie)
Captain Turner (John Bentley) and his crew patrol the Pacific for enemy ships. An expert on Japanese naval ships, Turner is assigned to gather information while his crew grow restless for combat. (allmovie)
British World War II war film loosely based on the 1943 Operation Source attack on the German battleship Tirpitz. In the film, James Caan stars as Lt. Commander Richard Bolton, who must lead a group of midget submarines in an attack on the German fleet.
A special group of navy divers is created when a disabled Nazi warship is discovered in a fjord in Norway. Commander Bolton (James Caan) is the Canadian expert designated to train the new unit. Their mission is to plant a bomb on the warship as it undergoes repairs. The hard-driving Bolton encounters resentment from the British soldiers he trains, but he ultimately earns their respect as a leader.
Spectacular underwater photography is seen in this World War II adventure story based on an actual mission. (allmovie)
The X class was a World War II midget submarine class built for the Royal Navy during 1943–44. Known individually as X-Craft, the vessels were designed to be towed to their intended area of operations by a full-size ‘mother’ submarine, with operational crew being transferred from the towing submarine to the X-Craft by dinghy when the operational area was reached.
The craft was about 51 feet (15.5 m) long, 5.5 feet (1.68 m) wide. Propulsion was by a 4-cylinder Gardner 42 hp diesel engine, converted from a type used in London buses, and a 30 hp electric motor, giving a maximum surface speed of 6.5 knots. more
Carrier pilot Lieutenant Bob Bingham (Mark Stevens) is rescued at sea by a submarine after he freezes at the controls and crashes, killing his two crewmen. He returns to civilian life but soon afterwards, looking for redemption, applies for submarine duty. At the outbreak of the Korean war, he goes to sea, re-united with the crew that had rescued him before. (imdb)
Glenn Ford stars as a World War II submarine commander in the Pacific who is obsessed with sinking a particular Japanese aircraft carrier.
American submarine Grayfish searches for the Shinaru, one of the Japanese aircraft carriers that led the attack on Pearl Harbor. The captain receives word that the target has an escort, including a transport ship carrying his wife and child, who were captured in the Philippines.
Grayfish manages to track down the ship. Doyle’s second in command, Lieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Archer Sloan (Ernest Borgnine) tries to talk his friend out of risking the lives of his family, but Doyle proceeds with the attack. To their horror, their torpedoes sink the transport. The Japanese make no attempt to rescue the survivors, hoping to lure the sub to the surface. Doyle is forced to leave the prisoners to drown.
Grayfish manages to follow the Shinaru into Tokyo Bay itself and tries again to sink his nemesis, but fails and barely escapes from Japanese destroyers.
aka Men Like These – inspired by the real-life Poseidon submarine disaster. A British sub, chugging its way through Chinese waters, is broadsided by a cargo boat. As water fills the doomed vessel, director Walter Summers concentrates on the behavior of the engine crew. Under the cool-headed leadership of the chief petty officer, the nervous crewmen allow the water to rise to neck level, then don safety jackets to make their escape through the turret (exactly what happened in the “Poseidon” incident). Men Like These runs a tight 60 minutes, with 50 of those minutes devoted to the accident, the aftermath, and the escape.
Written very faint, I think it says “June 31 survivors Poseidon”
from Ahoy – Mac’s Web Log (more images)
HMS Poseidon (P99) – Parthian-class submarine designed and built by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering in Barrow-in-Furness for the Royal Navy, launched on 22 August 1929. She spent most of her short career assigned to the Yellow Sea region, based at the Royal Navy’s base at Weihai, China.
At about 12:12 on 9 June 1931, while exercising on the surface with the submarine tender Marazion 20 mi (32 km) north of the vessels’ base at Weihai, and despite excellent visibility, Poseidon collided with a Chinese merchant vessel. Thirty-one of the crew managed to scramble into the water before the submarine sank to the seabed 130 ft (40 m) below within a few minutes.
Predicated on a then-new Japanese invention, designed to maneuver in waters where no normal-sized sub could go.
Naturally, the Japanese themselves could not be the heroes of this 1944 film, so Tom Neal and Lloyd Bridges are the good guys, while ersatz Orientals Abner Biberman and George Lynn play the villains.
The plot concerns Axis efforts to steal the secret of a revolutionary new drug, which is being developed behind enemy lines on a remote South Pacific island. The Americans rather unconvincingly turn the tables in the last reel. (allmovie)