We Dive at Dawn (May 20, 1943)
Released on May 20, 1943: The men on a British submarine go on a secret mission to sink a new German Battleship.
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Written by J.B. Williams, Val Valentine and Frank Launder
The Actors: John Mills (Captain, Lieutenant Taylor, R.N.), Louis Bradfield (First Officer, Lieutenant Brace, R.N.R.), Ronald Millar (Third Officer, Lieutenant Johnson, R.N.V.R.), Jack Watling (Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Gordon, R.N.), Reginald Purdell (Coxwain C.P.O. Dabbs), Caven Watson (Chief Engine Room Artificer, C.P.O. Duncan), Niall MacGinnis (torpedo gunner's mate, C.P.O. Mike Corrigan), Eric Portman (L.S. Hobson), Leslie Weston (leading torpedo operator, L.S. Tug Wilson), Norman Williams (periscope operator, 'Canada'), Lionel Grose (torpedo operator 'Spud'), David Peel (helmsman 'Oxford'), Philip Godfrey (steward 'Flunkey'), Robb Wilton (cook 'Pincher'), Marie Ault (Mrs. Metcalfe), Victor Beaumont (German airman), Franklyn Bennett (unknown), Frederick Burtwell (Sidney Briggs), George Cross (unknown), Ian Fleming (Captain), Philip Friend (Humphries), Walter Gotell (Luftwaffe Captain), Vincent Holman (Danish Captain), Joan Hopkins (Ethel Dabbs), Mike Johnson (ARP man at wedding), Molly Johnson (unknown), Vi Kaley (old lady in chip shop), Olaf Olsen (Lufwaffe airman), Bryan Powley (unknown), John Salew (Drake), Gerik Schjelderup (unknown), Johnnie Schofield (policeman in chip shop), John Slater (Charlie), Joan Sterndale-Bennett (unknown), Vi Stevens (publican's wife), Merle Tottenham (unknown), David Trickett (Peter Hobson), Beatrice Varley (Mrs. Dabbs), Ben Williams (messenger), Ian Wilson (cigarette customer), Josephine Wilson (Alice Hobson)
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You Sunk My Battleship!
I am once again in awe of the movie making abilities of the British studios during World War II. This war thriller manages to blend just enough story about the wives, girlfriends, sons and mothers at home to make the men at war very human and very easy to bond with as they battle the Germans. The men of the Sea Tiger have just pulled into port for a well-deserved seven day leave, but after a few hours ashore they are quickly called back to their submarine for a top secret mission. The Germans are putting a new battleship into action and our boys on the Sea Tiger must meet the ship and try to sink her before she can get into the war. There is just the right blend of submarine action and cat-and-mouse play with the battleship to be terribly exciting, and what happens after they send their load of torpedoes heading towards the battleship must be seen to be believed. It will take all of the wits of the Captain to survive the encounter, and then the men of the submarine must fight the Germans in Denmark to steal enough fuel to get back home. I've gotta tell you . . . I got so engrossed in the action that I forgot to finish my bowl of white kernel popcorn until after the show was safely over. I would love to know how the British people in 1943 reacted to this adventure, as they were living these very events in real life at that time. The men and women of World War II have been called 'The Greatest Generation' and for my money I cannot think of any time in the history of the world that could compete with that title. If there can be a 'feel-good' war picture that includes fighting and dying, this might just be the one.
The H.M.S. Sea Tiger
David Trickett gets a toy submarine from Eric Portman
Eric Portman and John Mills
Eric Portman as S. Hobson
Joan Hopkins looks at Niall MacGinnis in disbelief
John Mills as Captain Lieutenant Taylor, Royal Navy
John Mills at the periscope spots the battleship Brandenburg
John Salew as the Captain's servant
Josephine Wilson, David Trickett and Eric Portman
Josephine Wilson as Alice Hobson
Niall MacGinnis and Joan Hopkins are about to get married . . . maybe
Niall MacGinnis as Mike Corrigan