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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

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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Storyline

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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Korean Adventures of a U-BOAT MARAUDER! See more »

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Drama | War

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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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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, they 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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The Nightclub in Submarine Command was the Club Royal
14 March 2009 | by bertojameSee all my reviews

The nightclub pictured in Submarine Command was the Club Royal located at 3rd and C street in downtown San Diego. The wallpaper was black with chartreuse horses pictured, the booths were red. Walter Fuller was the band leader and played trumpet. This nightclub was owned at the time by Albert Bertolino who appears briefly in the bar scene. His wife,Una was the attractive blond seated at the bar. William Holden and Nancy Olsen were on the set at the time and were kind enough to visit with me and my family during the filming of this scene at a restaurant next door to the club. Third street at that time consisted of one bar after another. These clubs were razed in the latter part of the 20th century.


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