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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | | Action, Drama, War | 12 June 1943 (USA)
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An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.

Directors:

Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Guy Gilpatric (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Lt. Joe Rossi
Raymond Massey ... Capt. Steve Jarvis
Alan Hale ... Boats O'Hara
Julie Bishop ... Pearl O'Neill
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Sarah Jarvis
Sam Levene ... Abel 'Chips' Abrams
Dane Clark ... Johnnie Pulaski
Peter Whitney ... Whitey Lara
Dick Hogan ... Cadet Ezra Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Christine ... Pebbles (scenes deleted)
Ray Montgomery ... Aherne (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk. After German subs crushed the convoy his ship loses the convoy and is heading alone to Murmansk. In spite of attacks by German planes and subs he get the ship safely to Murmansk... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Warner Bros. thunderous story of the men of the merchant marine!

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Action | Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes Without Uniforms See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,600,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Art Gilmore provides the voice of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the end of this picture. See more »

Goofs

When the signal officer gave orders for flag hoist, the flags and pennants did correspond to the international flag code. The flags hoisted were pennants. Letter code flags are square. See more »

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Goldberg: [During night-time sound blackout] I wish I was in Times Square.
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Alternate Versions

The colorized version and many b&w TV prints, are edited to fit a two-hour time slot. Most of the cuts involve the interactions of the crew (notably Alan Hale Sr) in the rec room and virtually all of Raymond Massey's domestic scenes with Ruth Gordon with the exception of his actual arrival home. Also omitted are most of the scenes of the cook, extended scenes of the destruction of Massey's ship early on as well as several interstitial and transitional scenes. See more »

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Soundtracks

Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
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aka "The Red, White and Blue"
Played when the Seawitch heads out to sea
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The Real Merchant Marine
7 February 2012 | by max843See all my reviews

This film was so meaningful to me. My grandmother's first cousin, Alexander Miller MacKinnon 19, drowned during a March 1942 attack while serving in the Merchant Marine.

He was aboard the "Colabee," having just left Cuba with a load of sugar for Baltimore. 10 miles out they were hit by the German submarine U-126. 23 dead, 14 survivors. Ironically the U-126 was itself destroyed the following year with no survivors.

As a child in 1940s Buffalo all our windows were carefully covered with black-out shades each evening. I heard the adults whispering that this was in case the Germans came up the St. Lawrence to the Great Lakes but we did not really know U-Boats were operating so close to our shores.

A year earlier Alex had been assigned to the SS Santa Elisa, hauling sugar cane from Chile to New York, arriving Christmas Eve 1941. But on the return trip to Chile in January 1942 the Santa Elisa was attacked, just as she left NYC carrying crates of safety matches and barrels of highly explosive carbide crystals. She was then towed back to the Brooklyn Yard for repairs. Which is why Alex was aboard the Colabee.

After being refitted the Santa Elisa set out to carry gasoline from England to Malta as part of Churchill's 62 vessel Operation Pedestal. That August 1942 she was attacked a second time and torpedoed by Italian motorboats, the gasoline caught fire and she went up in flames off of Tunisia. (One account says no survivors; official MM record states no deaths.)

Many parts of the movie show what our Merchant Marine was really going through. Yet it wasn't until 1988 that President Reagan signed the bill conferring Veteran status on all mariners who served in WWII, guaranteeing their benefits.


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