Approved | | Action, Drama, War
A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.
The comic character of Russo in this movie was played by Nick Cravat, a circus acrobat who was a close friend and former colleague of Burt Lancaster's from his old circus days. Cravat had played many smaller parts in Lancaster's films. This apparently marked a reconciliation between the two after a long period. It also marked the first time Cravat had a speaking part--his previous appearances were in Lancaster's "period" films, usually set in medieval Europe, and Cravat's pronounced Brooklyn accent would have been wildly out of place, so he usually played a mute.
Yeoman 1st Class Mueller:
Mr. Cartwright, with all due respect to your rank, may I say I think you're an ass?
In the protracted scene between Capt Richardson and Mueller where Mueller is on report, Richardson pulls out a pack of cigarettes and lights one. The next several close up shots of him do not show him with a cigarette, he is playing with a model of a ship, or smoke from a lit cigarette. Near the end of the scene we see smoke from the cigarette rising.
Opening credits: "Bungo Straits Near the Coast of Japan 1942"