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Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 January 1951 (USA)
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During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

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George Waggner

Writer:

George Waggner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
Patricia Neal ... Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
Ward Bond ... Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Scott Forbes ... Lt. Larry
Philip Carey ... Lt. (j.g.) Bob Perry
Paul Picerni ... Jonesy
William Campbell ... The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
Kathryn Givney ... Cmdr. Steele
Martin Milner ... Ens. Caldwell
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Commander, SUBPAC
Jack Pennick ... The Chief
Virginia Brissac ... Sister Anna
Vincent Fotre Vincent Fotre ... Soundman
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Squad Commander
Sam Edwards ... Junior
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Storyline

The submarine USS Thunderfish successfully completes a secret mission to rescue a group of orphans on a remote Pacific island. On the way back to Honolulu they encounter a Japanese aircraft carrier but the torpedoes they fire explode about halfway to the target, a recurring problem that has plagued the submarine fleet for some time. The Thunderfish's XO, Duke Gifford runs into his ex-wife and Navy nurse Mary Stuart at the hospital. There's still a spark between them but the boat is sent out on another mission before anything is resolved. When Gifford's good friend and captain, Pop Perry, is killed Gifford believe it's his fault. A inquiry clears him and after he and his men solve the problem of the misfiring torpedoes, they set out to sea. Written by garykmcd

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Up From The Floor Of The Sea To A High Mark In Excitement! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Opération dans le Pacifique See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The rescue of the women and children is based upon an incident involving the USS Crevalle. The sub took 40 refugees off Negros Island in the Philippines including women, children and some survivors of the Bataan Death March. The rescue was just a cover story. The real reason the sub was sent there was to retrieve a group of important documents, namely the Japanese "Z plan", found by the local guerrilla unit from the crash of a plane carrying the chief of staff of the Japanese Combined Fleet. See more »

Goofs

One of the torpedoes fired from the sub is pulled by a visible cable. See more »

Quotes

Jonesy: [From A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Moore] And Ma in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down for a long winter's nap.
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Crazy Credits

In keeping with the submarine theme of the film: at the very start, we see a submarine periscope break the surface of the sea, then we see an officer looking into the view-port of the periscope, then we see the opening credits appear, as if being viewed through a periscope. See more »

Alternate Versions

Republic Pictures released a colorized version on video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

It Can't Be Wrong
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played at the restaurant/club
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Sub par Movie
26 April 2008 | by NewInMunichSee all my reviews

This movie, which i revisited on German and English DVD yesterday is definitely more in the B Movie of the Sub Marine Genre. They could have learned from watching Destination Tokyo more closely, as this was with all its limitations still a fine movie and much less a strange flag waver whilst closer to the actual war time. Ward Bond and John Wayne still look like somebody stole their horses and don't know where to go, the submarine is spacious as an Ikea show room and the stress level when depth charged more like a tenant being annoyed with next door noise when watching Super Bowl. What did work quite good was the Wayne - Neal relationship, which you will see much more developed and mature in Harm's Way about 20 years later. Not urgent to watch.


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