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Submarine Command (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | November 1951 (USA)
Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.

Director:

John Farrow

Writer:

Jonathan Latimer (story and screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
Nancy Olson ... Carol
William Bendix ... CPO Boyer
Don Taylor ... Lt. Cmdr. Peter Morris
Arthur Franz ... Lt. Arnie Carlson
Darryl Hickman ... Ens. Jack Wheelwright
Peggy Webber ... Mrs. Alice Rice
Moroni Olsen ... Rear Adm. Joshua Rice
Jack Gregson Jack Gregson ... Cmdr. Joshua Rice
Jack Kelly ... Lt. Paul Barton
Don Dunning Don Dunning ... Quartermaster Perkins
Jerry Paris ... Sgt. Gentry
Charles Meredith ... Adm. Tobias
Philip Van Zandt ... Gavin
Gordon Polk Gordon Polk ... Ralph
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Submarine commander Ken White is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub during WW II. Subsequent years of meaningless navy ground assignments and the animosity of a former sailor, leave White (now a captain) feeling guilty and empty. His life spirals downward and his wife is about to leave him. Suddenly, he is forced into a dangerous rescue situation at the start of the Koren War.... reassigned to the same submarine where all of his problems began. Written by WesternWildcard

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Trivia

SS-306 was actually the USS Tang. In her short career, lasting barely over a year, she amassed an unequaled record. Depending on the source, she sank either 24 ships for 93,824 tons or 31 ships in her five patrols, totaling 227,800. The Tang was sunk on 25 October,1944 with the loss of 74 men. Nine men, including her skipper, survived. Tang was sunk by her last torpedo which made a circular run. Picked up by a Japanese destroyer, the men were tortured by survivors of the ships she had sunk in her last action. They were interred at Japanese POW camps until the end of the war. See more »

Goofs

The ribbons on William Holden's khaki uniform are different than the ribbons he wears on his blues. See more »

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Referenced in The Omen Legacy (2001) See more »

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An interesting study in a different sort of war trauma
7 February 2020 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

An excellent war drama presenting many interesting war problems with an excellent cast: William Holden and William Bendix match each other perfectly, both partly as victims of war traumas. Holden enters his submarine on the very day when the war ends by the Japanese capitulation, but before that moment occurs there is a critical action which leaves Holden and Bendix both traumatized. As someone said, this is actually a very valuable presentation of the PTSD problem, as neither Holden nor Bendix ever get over it. Fortunately there is also Nancy Olson who can provide a happy end after all. The story, like generally all submarine stories on film, is extremely interesting and exciting, while at the same time it is a typical William Holden film: he almost always played the same character, always serious, always deep in trouble, always getting into intricately difficult situations, usually losing his life in the bargain, while here he has some difficulty in finding himself obliged to survive and endure ordinary life. It is only really difficult in peace time, though - as soon as the Kore war begins he is at it again, and, as usual, he makes it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Submarine Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Vallejo, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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