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Plot: 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.
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As WWII wears on, the once feared submarines become the hunted by destroyers.
A destroyer is relatively small, slim and can easily dodge torpedoes. They proved to be the death of many submarines in WWII. Destroyers were used as escorts screening supply convoys, merchant shipping, capital battleships, aircraft carriers and oil tankers. Their most effective weapons against submarines were the sonar and depth charges.
Commander Richardson (Clark Gable) lost a submarine under his command after firing torpedoes at a Japanese troop and supply convoy. The Japanese destroyer simply run down his submarine as it struggled to submerge. Not quickly enough though as it was split in two. Tragically, Richardson lost some of his men. He was demoted to a desk job and earned the reputation of a loser among sailors.
The experience led him to devise a tactic on how to escape after torpedoing an enemy ship. He figured that it was not enough to run away from a destroyer because it can easily hunt his sub down with sonar and depth charges. The pursuing destroyer must be sunk. How? It moves so much faster than a submarine that it is impossible to hit it broadside. It also dropped depth charges as it circled the submarine in an ever tightening “noose” maneuver.
Richardson thought that if a sub charged a destroyer head on firing torpedoes as it submerged, the enemy ship can be hit on the bow sharp. This calls for speed, precision timing and perfect aim. So he drove his men to exhaustion and frustration as he made them do a new drill for the special maneuver he had in mind. The scenario was this: Fire torpedoes at an enemy aircraft carrier, tanker or whatnot. Then as a destroyer gives chase, instead of submerging at once and running away, the sub will charge the destroyer head on as in a game of “chicken.” At this position, the destroyer cannot yet make effective use of its depth charges as they are released at the stern. The front guns of the destroyer are also at an awkward elevation in relation to the sub lying low in the water. The sub may have enough time to fire at least one torpedo or at the most two before it is rammed by the destroyer. The trick then is to fire while submerging at the same time. Remember, this was in the days when torpedoes had no teleguidance and the sub’s commander and crew relied entirely on their instinct for the right buoyancy, depth, speed and angle of descent as they submerged as to when to fire the torpedoes at the critical moment for the proper aim. I am curious as to whether this was actually done in WWII.
It was bad enough that Richardson’s men resented him but his own XO, Lt. Bledsoe, whom he edged out of command of the submarine by using his connections, also hated him with a passion viewing his drills and new tactic as criminally dangerous and unworkable.
If you liked this movie, watch The Enemy Below starring Robert Mitchum and Kurt Jurgens for a better understanding of submarine vs. destroyer warfare.
What is that Captain?I cant make that out.
These are the words that are if you will spoken once to often.Because they are not lost on the dying Commander Richardson it occurs to him and while quite stricken and weak climbs out of his bunk and hurries to the con with orders for Captain Bledsoe to take her down,crash dive.The Burial of Bongo Pete is not far off.This film has long had a favored place on my list of very good Hollywood films.This film provides the viewer with the way things might of been aboard a US submarine during world war II.If you by any chance get the feeling that things were cramped,they were.In this neck of the woods where I live there is a World War two submarine docked in its namesake naval museum called the USS Ling.This submarine saw limited duty during World War Two however the logs show that she was used as a training sub for most of her Active duty life.I personally took a tour some years back and its a long way to the Crimson Tide(USS Alabama).I do not know how to see these Hollywood films as they are poor compared to the real thing,however this film works because it is well cast and well performed,even Don Rickles does not seem to be to far off the mark.I would of liked to see Gable get back to Pearl however I felt the exit was to early, some thing we were not aware of caused that to occur.It is similar to the sinking of all those subs occurring in Area 7 in the latter part of 1942 again it is suggested that the notorious Destroyer Yakakase was not such a crack shot after all.An aging Gable did well in this film and a young first officer in Lancaster was very capable if not a crack shot.I was not so happy when the second attempt made by the USS Nirka under the command of Lancaster was almost given a free ride.There were no planes,and if you watch the film the first time in at 1800 yards she is being shelled by the Japanese destroyer and then some.It was truly fortunate that they were able to fool the pursuit into believing that they had been sunk.The second time in,even at 1500 yards the Japanese Destroyer Yakakase did not fire a shot.In fact the celebration seemed a little out of place due,perhaps to the fact that it was not real,I believe it was due to Bungo Pete(the unknown factor)which we were to here from very soon.This film does well but not as well as perhaps it could of.I gave this film a 9 out of 10 because for one thing when this film was originally done Lancaster was one of the Actors who were able to go out to sea on board active duty submarines in order to get to know first hand life aboard a submarine.It, as well as the instruments, were a lesson in technology all by them selves.Its hard to say and perhaps it was justified that there was some resentment towards Commander Richardson because orders are not always easy to follow in particular when there is a decided favorite.Take your pick? Nonetheless this is a good film worth viewing and viewing again.There are some questions that you might be able to be satisfied with but perhaps it might be good enough to leave well enough alone.Top rate Entertainment!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min), 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (Germany)
Genre Action, Drama, War
Director Robert Wise
Writer John Gay (screenplay), Edward L. Beach (based on novel by)
Actors Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length (10 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm