Seas Beneath (1931)

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    • Seas Beneath (1931)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      In the waning days of WWI, a U.S. "Mystery Ship," sets sail for the coast of Spain towing a submarine. Their mission is to find and sink a U-boat that has been especially effective in attacking Allied shipping. Posing as a harmless schooner, the mystery ship is in fact fitted with a formidable gun capable of sinking a U-boat. Stopping in the Canary Islands to refuel, the crew interacts with locals involved with Germans, and with Germans themselves, including the sister of the U-Boat commander, who is lurking offshore waiting for the coming battle.
      Written by Ron kerrigan

      Full Cast
      George O'Brien ... Cmdr. Robert 'Bob' Kingsley
      Marion Lessing ... Anna Marie Von Steuben
      Mona Maris ... Fraulein Lolita
      Walter C. Kelly ... Chief Mike 'Guns' Costello
      Warren Hymer ... 'Lug' Kaufman
      Steve Pendleton ... Ens. Richard 'Dick' Cabot (as Gaylord Pendleton)
      Walter McGrail ... Chief Joe Cobb
      Larry Kent ... Lt. 'Mac' McGregor
      Henry Victor ... Baron Ernst von Steuben (U-boat commander)
      John Loder ... Franz Shiller
      Philip Ahlm ... German Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
      Al Bennett ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Earl Wayland Bowman ... Naval Reservist / Swimmer and Diver (uncredited)
      Bill Brande ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      William Collier Sr. ... Mugs O'Flaherty (uncredited)
      Leonard Davison ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Joseph Depew ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Francis Ford ... Eric - Captain of Trawler (uncredited)
      Robert Ford ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Hans Fuerberg ... Fritz Kampf (Second Officer of U-172) (uncredited)
      Curt Furburg ... Hoffman (uncredited)
      Al Generaux ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Bob Gillette ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      George Golden ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Ben Hall ... Elmer Harrigan (uncredited)
      George Harris ... Naval Reservist / Swimmer and Diver (uncredited)
      Bob Kyle ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Jack Martin ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Harry Mount ... Bugler on Gun Crew (uncredited)
      Jack Murphy ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Maurice Murphy ... Merkel (uncredited)
      Bob Nelson ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Edward Peil Jr. ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Nat Pendleton ... 'Butch' Wagner (uncredited)
      Terrance Ray ... 'Skits' Reilly (uncredited)
      Marvin Schecter ... Gunner (uncredited)
      Harry Schultz ... German Officer (uncredited)
      Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Adolph Brucker (uncredited)
      Robert Shepherd ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Harry Strang ... Gunner and drill sergeant (uncredited)
      Anton Tell ... German Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
      George Templeton ... Naval Reservist (uncredited)
      Harry Tenbrook ... Winkler (uncredited)
      T.J.F. von Blankerburg ... Naval Reservist / Swimmer and Diver (uncredited)
      Frank Walton ... Naval Reservist / Swimmer and Diver (uncredited)
      Harry Weil ... Levinsky (uncredited)
      Hans Winterhalder ... German Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      William Collier Sr. dialogue (uncredited)
      Curt Furburg dialogue (uncredited)
      Dudley Nichols
      James Parker Jr. story (as Comdr. James Parker U.S.N. ret'd)

      Original Music
      Peter Brunelli (uncredited)

      Joseph H. August

      The Navy placed at John Ford's disposal a flotilla of destroyers, cruisers and submarines, as well as the services of naval personnel.

      The three-masted schooner used as the decoy mystery ship was the same one used in the movies The Sea Wolf and The Painted Woman.

      John Loder was paid an extra $1000 because he had to get a close haircut for his role.

      Filming Location
      Isthmus, Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California, USA

      Watch this Clip

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: John Ford- Seas Beneath (1931)

      Seas Beneath is an action movie from 1931.
      Although not up to the same level as some of Ford's
      other films from that era, it is still considered one to watch.

      User Review

      Interesting early talkie
      2 January 2008 | by jsnoddy (United States)
      I've been working my way through Ford at Fox, and found this to be the most entertaining of Ford's early talkies. After the joy of watching such silents as The Iorn Horse, 3 Bad Men, Four Sons and the Hangman's House, watching such talkies as Up The River and Born Reckless felt like I was paying my dues as a Ford fan.

      Seas Beneath was a real breath of fresh air. It plays out like the grand old silents where everything is staged for real. No models, no process shots. Want to shoot a scene at sea? Pack up the gear and go to sea.

      While the story has many of the hokey elements of early film melodramas, the scenes at sea are very real and very effective. You won't see better footage of a German submarine until Das Boot. And the scene where they unload the lifeboat onto the American ship: that was no water tank shot.

      While Seas Beneath pales in companion to Ford's great films from the 1930's, there is still much to admire in it.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: John Ford- Seas Beneath (1931)

      Hi Keith

      thanks I am hoping to watch this soon will let you know what I think although when I say watch I mean run at slow speed back and forth trying to spot JW LOL
      Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind