Torpedo Run (1958)

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    • Torpedo Run (1958)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      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

      Full Cast
      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)

      Writing Credits
      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.

      Plot holes
      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.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

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      Torpedo Run
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic War Movies- Torpedo Run (1958)

      Torpedo Run is a 1958 Metrocolor war film starring Glenn Ford
      as a World War II submarine commander in the Pacific
      who is obsessed with sinking a particular Japanese aircraft carrier.

      It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

      User Review
      Two man movie in Pevney's undervalued submarine drama.
      24 February 2010 | by JohnRouseMerriottChard (United Kingdom)

      The Pacific, 1942, and Submarine commander Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle (Glenn Ford) is pursuing the Japanese ship that led the attack on Pearl Harbor back to Tokyo, where to all intents and purposes, he plans to enact revenge. But there's a major problem in the form of a freighter that is being used as a screen in front of the ship. For this freighter houses American prisoners of war, among them Doyle's own wife and child.

      A well put together psychological thriller by director Joseph Pevney that is formed from a novel by Richard Sale {who co-writes the screenplay with William Wister Haines}. Tho the usual problems that exist with WW2 film's from this era are evident here {racist undertones, jingoistic sloganeering & hierarchy back slapping}, Torpedo Run manages to break away from its inheritance to become a taut involving aquatic drama fit to be named alongside the best in the submarine sub-genre of war movies.

      Glenn Ford's performance is well layered and credible. Few actors from his generation are as undervalued for playing personally conflicted characters as he is, and here as Doyle he is on top characterisation form. He is ably supported by Ernest Borgnine as Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan, Doyle's right hand man, friend and professional conscious. It's with the two actors that the plot rightly focuses on, but this sadly puts the supporting characters in the shade. Thus the one truly important thing lacking from the piece is a total group dynamic expose. But thanks to the strong lead performances, and Pevney's no tricks directing, the film survives its failing. There's also added weight thrown into the narrative with the use of flashbacks to show how Doyle's relationship with his wife evolved. This helps us to be privy to Doyle's torment as he must make a career and life altering decision in the midst of war. The action is of good quality, especially the eventual showdown between the rivals. And as one who personally likes to see the forgotten art of model work used effectively, this film also scores high on the exciting scale for like minded film fans.

      Far from perfect for sure, but there's much to admire and be involved with to make it a solid recommend to fans of WW2 human dramas. 7/10
      Best Wishes
      London- England