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LT Montgomery, USN...not in WW2, but in 1933!
- Bill Gabbard
I didn't know about this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. great ensemble cast, and it's always a pleasure to see the mugging and great physical comedy of both Eugene Palette and Jimmy Durante. It struck me as interesting to Robert Montgomery's portrayal of a battle hardened naval officer, a dozen years before he would, of course, personally witness the horrors of war himself, not on a movie set, but in the Japanese-infested waters of the South Pacific. Some great attention to detail here, from the gadgets and gizmos of a WW1 sub, to the spot-on crusty and barnacled USN service uniforms. The famous footage of the sinking of USS MOODY (the "German" warship in the film), scuttled as part of the 1920s Naval Treaty, is pretty amazing to watch.
- kevin sellers
Fairly good submarine war pic. Action sequences are quite realistic and, as is the case with the chlorine gas leak sequence, gruesome as well. What drags the film down from greatness level is a stiff performance by Robert Montgomery and a beyond stiff acting job from Madge Evans. The love scenes between them, aside from being slow moving, also feature some extremely melodramatic and even pompous dialogue. In general, the movie is in much better shape whenever Walter Huston is around. Not only is he completely believable as a by the book submarine captain but he has a clipped, laconic delivery that cuts through the pretension of the writing. So let's give it a B minus for Huston and those battle scenes. P.S. Not being someone who enjoys seeing animals mistreated on film I do not share the previous reviewer's enthusiasm for the kangaroo boxing scene.
Well-done film, good story, amazing sequence
- Dan Imler
The incidental boxing match between Jimmy Durante and a real kangaroo (no puppets or animal suits) is worth the price of admission alone. Such a thing could never be done in these PC times. The film as a whole is well-done. complex, and surprisingly mature for the time period.