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.