Phantom Submarine


1h 10m 1940

Film Details

Also Known As
Ocean Gold
Release Date
Dec 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Santa Catalina Island, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Ocean Gold" by Augustus Muir in This Week (3 Jul--24 Jul 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Commissioned by the United States Navy to secretly investigate the activities of a mysterious submarine cruising the waters off the Panama Canal, advice columnist Madeleine Nielson stows away onboard the salvage ship Retriever , which is bound for a small island in the Caribbean. The ship is searching for a sunken hulk, the Arcadia , which contains a fortune in gold, and diver Paul Sinclair is anxious to use the search to prove that his new diving suit can withstand great underwater pressure. Though Madeleine is punished with kitchen duty when she reveals that she is a stowaway, she emerges from the galley long enough to witness a man with an eye patch jump overboard. After taking a head count and realizing that the entire crew is accounted for, the men doubt her story until other strange incidents lead them to believe that someone is trying to subvert their mission. When the Retriever reaches Fernando Island, Henri Jerome, a wealthy man who is behind the plot to mine the Panama Canal, offers to repair Paul's boat, which has suffered damage from a sabotage attempt by the one-eyed stowaway. As they prepare for departure, Paul realizes that Madeleine is missing and goes in search of her. He finds her at Jerome's side, and although she has been coerced into telling him that she voluntarily stayed behind, he immediately realizes that she has been kidnapped when he sees the man with the eye patch taking orders from Jerome. Paul then starts a fire to create a diversion, rescues Madeleine and lifts anchor. After Madeleine confesses the object of her mission, Paul sets out to find the reason that Jerome wants the Retriever kept away from the Arcadia . Paul's suit proves a success as he is lowered to the depths of the ocean over the Arcadia , where he discovers Jerome's ocean mines. Meanwhile, Jerome and his men have pirated Paul's boat, and when he resurfaces, a gunfight breaks out. Things look bad for Paul and his crew until a U.S. Navy ship comes to the rescue. All ends happily as Madeleine gets her story, frees the Carribean Sea from danger and marries Paul.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ocean Gold
Release Date
Dec 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Santa Catalina Island, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Ocean Gold" by Augustus Muir in This Week (3 Jul--24 Jul 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

A working title for this film was Ocean Gold. Although the Motion Picture Herald lists this picture as a December 20, 1940 release, it May not have been screened in theaters until 1941. A Hollywood Reporter pre-release news item notes that a second unit filmed underwater scenes at Santa Catalina Island, CA.