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The commander of an American submarine during World War II
sets out to destroy the Japanese Aircraft carrier which launched the attack on Pearl Harbour.
His wife and child have been captured by the Japanese and they are using them
and other prisoners of war as human shields for the carrier.
Written by Daniel Bruce
Glenn Ford ... Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
Diane Brewster ... Jane Doyle
Dean Jones ... Lt. Jake 'Fuzz' Foley
L.Q. Jones ... 'Hash' Benson
Philip Ober ... Adm. Samuel Setton
Richard Carlyle ... Cmdr. Don Adams
Fredd Wayne ... Orville 'Goldy' Goldstein
Don Keefer ... Ens. Ron Milligan
Robert Hardy ... Lt. Redley
Paul Picerni ... Lt. Burt Fisher:
Kimberly Beck ... Dede Doyle (uncredited)
Rudy Bukich ... Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Howard Dayton ... Walker (uncredited)
Sam Edwards ... Coleman - Sub Radio Operator (uncredited)
Biff Elliot ... Lt. Paul Buckeye (uncredited)
Al Freeman Jr. ... Sam Baker (uncredited)
Frank Gorshin ... Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Norman Grabowski ... Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Virginia Gregg ... Tokyo Rose (uncredited) (voice)
Jack Littlefield ... Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Frank London ... Al Garrity (uncredited)
Karl Lukas ... Hallert (uncredited)
Celeste Madamba ... Terese (uncredited)
Joe McCabe ... Primo (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Pete Waldeman (uncredited)
Peter Miller ... Jojo Hunter (uncredited)
Lyn Osborn ... Hannigan - Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Hugh Pryor ... Jennings (uncredited)
Louis Quinn ... Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Don Reardon ... Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Robert Reed ... Woolsey (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Extra in Flashback (uncredited)
William Schallert ... Capt. Randy Vandercook - Skipper of the 'Bluefin' (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... Meadows (uncredited)
James Winslow ... Sub Crewman (uncredited)
Richard Sale (screenplay) and
William Wister Haines (screenplay)
Richard Sale (stories)
George J. Folsey
In Nov. 1958, MGM distributed this film on a double bill with Fiend Without a Face as the second feature.
This movie represents one of a select group of a few World War II submarine movies which have won the one single Academy Award in a technical category, that's just only the one Oscar in either special effects or sound editing. These movies include Crash Dive; The Enemy Below; Torpedo Run and U-571. The non-WW II sub-movie, The Hunt for Red October also won just the one Oscar as did the WW 2 part sub-movie 49th Parallel, but for Best Original Story.
Archer 'Archie' Sloan's name is a likely reference to the U.S.S. Archerfish, which in 1944 sank the Japanese super-carrier Shinano, the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine.
In the scene where the submarine is using a torpedo to trigger mines, the torpedo triggers a mine but can be seen continuing on its course without damage.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
Towards the end of the film, when the Grayfish is lying on the bottom, the captain urges the radioman to keep trying to contact the Bluefin (the other submarine) on the radio, and the radioman replies, "I'm broadcasting, sir," while he works his Morse Code key. The Bluefin eventually answers. Conventional radio signals will not penetrate underwater. However, the QC sonar onboard WWII submarines was set up so that it could be used in conjunction with a straight key for Morse Code sonar pulses for emergency communication, so the scene depicted is plausible.
There was no such ship as the Shinaru leading the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. There were six aircraft carriers, all of them committed planes to the attack. Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku and Zuikaku. The first four listed were all sunk at the Battle of Midway in June of 1942. The others were sunk later, but none by submarines.
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