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Operation Disaster (1950)

Morning Departure (original title)
Approved | | Drama, History, War | 18 May 1950 (France)
The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

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(as Roy Baker)

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(screenplay) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), (play)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Lieut. Cmdr. Peter Armstrong
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Helen Armstong
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Rose Snipe
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Leading Seaman Andrews
Frank Coburn ...
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The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

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THRILLING SEA DRAMA! (ad for "Operation Disaster" - all caps) See more »

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Drama | History | War

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Shortly after filming was completed in 1950, the submarine HMS Truculent went down in the River Thames with a heavy loss of life. The incident is referenced in the opening credits, and nearly caused the film to be withdrawn from distribution. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the destroyers are first seen searching for the Trojan, the pennant letters on the side of one of the destroyers are seen in reverse. See more »

Quotes

Helen Armstong: Why does the Navy insist on doing everything at the crack of dawn? The sea's there all day.
Lieutenant Commander Armstrong: It impresses the taxpayers.
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One of the most compelling movies (in a good way) I've ever seen
16 November 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Morning Departure had a somewhat slow beginning but it quickly immerses you in the characters and their relationships with one another and with their duty. Whereas a lot of movies these days really try and make you care about the characters by the end of this movie your wondering if there is anything you could do at home to help them out! I actually saw this movie for the first time about 3 years ago but seriously rate this as my favorite movie to date when not influenced by current blockbusters.


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