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The Deep Six (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 9 March 1958 (UK)
Called to active duty during WW2, reserve Navy Lieutenant Alec Austin struggles to do his military duties while observing his Quaker beliefs, at the dismay of his comrades.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Martin Dibner (novel), Harry Brown | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Alexander 'Alec' Austen
Dianne Foster ... Susan Cahill
William Bendix ... 'Frenchy' Shapiro
Keenan Wynn ... Lt. Comm. Mike Edge
James Whitmore ... Commander Warren Meredith
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Lt. Blanchard
Joey Bishop ... Ski Krokowski
Barbara Eiler Barbara Eiler ... Claire Innes
Ross Bagdasarian ... Pvt. Aaron Slobodjian
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Austen
Walter Reed ... Paul Clemson
Peter Hansen ... Lieutenant Dooley
Richard Crane ... Lieutenant j.g. Swanson
Steven Marlo ... Collins (as Morris Miller)
Perry Lopez ... Al Mendoza
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Storyline

The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in this WWII drama. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery sergeant Alec Austin, a Quaker whose sincere pacifist sentiments do not sit well with his crew members. When he refuses to fire upon an unidentified plane, the word spreads that Austin cannot be relied upon in battle (never mind that the plane turns out to be one of ours). Written by Anonymous

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The mission of a fighting ship that turned into a tidal wave of fury! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Durchbruch bei Morgenrot See more »

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Production Co:

Jaguar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this movie's title "The Deep Six" is that it is a marine term or American nautical slang. From the 1940s, it referred to the act to toss overboard as in jettisoning cargo. Alternatively, dating from the early 1900s, it could mean a burial at sea, referring to the usual six-foot depth of graves as in six feet under. It initially was a sailor's vocal calling to the ship's command on the bridge that the depth of water was more than six fathoms (11 meters) but not as many as seven fathoms, six fathoms being the minimum legal distance for a burial at sea. Often its use in an expression will be to give or get the deep six or to deep-six. See more »

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At the end of Susan's first visit to Alec's place,one reason she says she must leave is because it is quite late. And it was indeed dark out when she arrived, but it is clearly daytime when she leaves. See more »

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How Many Hearts Have You Broken (with Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
(uncredited)
Music by Al Kaufman
Played at the Armenian Social Club
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Well worth watching
5 July 2009 | by amazeikaSee all my reviews

I could not disagree more with CHRIS from South Adelaide who I feel really gave this film short shrift. Alec Austen is a commercial artist and Naval reservist called to active duty in WWII. Having long forsaken his Quaker upbringing he is thus completely blindsided when after reporting for duty on a destroyer he finds himself seriously conflicted regarding the taking of life. Alan Ladd, though in decline personally and professionally at this point in his life, is, nevertheless, very good as the troubled Alec. This film is further buoyed by an absolutely outstanding supporting cast including: James Whitmore, Keenan Wynn, William Bendix, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Jeanette Nolan and Joey Bishop. Other familiar faces include Perry Lopez,(Cowhand Pete Ramirez in THE LONE RANGER movie and a crewman in MR. ROBERTS) and Ross Bagdasarian who, aided by his chipmunks Alvin, Simon & Theodore, would later gain recording and TV fame as David Seville. The storyline is also unique in that the main WWII theater of operations setting is the Northeast Pacific and the Aleutians. Director Rudolph Mate's other credits as Director or Director of Photography include GILDA, SAHARA (1943) and PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. Alas, it has not yet found it's way to DVD. THE DEEP SIX is not SAVING PRIVATE RYAN or TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, it is a solid production worthy of a look.


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