- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
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- Historical Importance
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- kevin sellers
Like a baloney sandwich on fantastic bread this movie begins and ends with exciting, extremely realistic battle scenes. In between (i.e. the baloney) is a bland screenplay that does not manage to create even one interesting character. Even Bogie is a bit on the dull side, while actors like Julie Bishop, Dick Hogan and Dane Clark, who are usually blah, are positively stultifying here. Just goes to show that Hollywood formula pics can grind up (or grind down) the best writers in the biz, such as A. I. Bezzerides ("Kiss Me Deadly") W. R. Burnett ("Asphalt Jungle" novel) and John Howard Lawson (the much better Bogie war film "Sahara") As for Lloyd Bacon's direction, as long as there's fire and mayhem and death it's great. But as soon as the action stops, so does this film. The scenes at the Merchant Marine College are particularly difficult to swallow. Give it a C plus.P.S. The guy who dies in the first U boat attack is played by Glenn Strange, the kindly bartender at the Long Branch on "Gunsmoke."
- Lt Cmdr R Evans
The U Boat in this film must have been an extraordinary one, to have followed and kept up with the steamer for so long.The normal speed of a submerged U Boat was 3-4 knots while the normal speed of the steamer would have been 10-12 knots, even if the boat had surfaced it would have lost so much ground that even using its top speed of 12 knots it could never have retained contact with the steamer.Sorry but a serious mistake.
Cadet Ezra Parker
One of my favorite movies of all time! Just watched Sahara, another Bogie gem. I noticed that Merchant Marine Cadet Parker is shown as having the name Robert. I recall distinctly when Joe Rossi perfoms the funeral at sea he says Cadet Ezra Parker. Is it Ezra or Robert Parker?
a man's movie?
I humbly beg your pardon, sir. Many of us ladies love passionately the way our beloved country was; with its "rah, rah" attitude of gratitude for those who fought and sometimes, gave their lives for love of this country and the freedoms that were given by God, and handed down by our forefathers. My earthly father fought in the merchant marines. I am proud that he did. I dearly love and cheer as I watch, collect, and enjoy the WWII films. Thank you, TCM, for airing them so often. I love them.
Bogie marries Bishop...
- Steve S.
Julie Bishop just appearing on the screeen makes this movie a gem - for me!
All time Favorite!!!
This is the only movie that details what the merchant marines went through. Amazing that a whole branch of service is almost completely unnoticed.
Memorial Day Special
Good Bogie movie that doesn't get its due!!!
I agree! My girl and I are watching it now. Bogie is one of my favorites.
- rick mcintyre
its time gives it its value .but also for our military et all it has great meaning and credit .as a movie a pretty good mans movie.thank you.