Monday, May 16, 2016

The Enemy Below (1957)

Director: Dick Powell

Writers: Wendell Mayes, D.A. Rayner

Composer: Leigh Harline

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jurgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, Russell Collins, Kurt Kreuger, Frank Albertson, Dough McClure, Gordon Mitchell

More info: IMDb

Tagline:In the most amazing saga in the fighting annals of the U.S. Navy!

Plot: During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably.

Man, I loves me some good submarine movies.  Add to that ones from WWII, made pre-1980 AND in color with a great cast!  Mitchum & Jurgens made great adversaries.  They respected each other from a distance and we get to see them both in action...and they're both major badasses.  I loved how the Germans weren't portrayed as fanatics, clowns or monsters.  That was so refreshing to see the intelligent, human side of an enemy.  I was surprised (and pleased) that the entire picture, save the first few minutes, is the cat and mouse game between these two.  They get a lot of mileage out of it and a lot of tense moments.  It's maturely handled.  I'm so used to Dick Powell doing comedies that I was taken aback that he delivered such a great action picture.  And Leigh Harline's score was great and all I remember him from were his scores for early Disney animated features like SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) and PINOCCHIO (1940).  The Netflix bastards cropped the 2:35 image to 1:85.  Asshats.  Show it like it was intended for fuck's sake.  I reckon I'll have to get my hands on the DVD if I want it proper.   

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