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Torpedo Run (24-Oct-1958)

Director: Joseph Pevney

Writers: Richard Sale; William Wister Haines

Producer: Edmund Grainger

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Submarine, WWII

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ernest Borgnine
24-Jan-1917 8-Jul-2012 Marty
Diane Brewster
11-Mar-1931 12-Nov-1991 Miss Canfield on Leave It to Beaver
Glenn Ford
1-May-1916 30-Aug-2006 Gilda, Blackboard Jungle
Robert Hardy
29-Oct-1925 3-Aug-2017 All Creatures Great and Small
Dean Jones
25-Jan-1931 1-Sep-2015 That Darn Cat!
L. Q. Jones
19-Aug-1927   Battle Cry
Philip Ober
23-Mar-1902 13-Sep-1982 From Here to Eternity
Paul Picerni
1-Dec-1922 12-Jan-2011 Lee Hobson on The Untouchables


Glenn Ford   ...   Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle
Ernest Borgnine   ...   Lt. Archer Sloan
Diane Brewster   ...   Jane Doyle
Dean Jones   ...   Lt. Jake "Fuzz" Foley
L. Q. Jones   ...   Hash Benson
Philip Ober   ...   Adm. Samuel Setton
Richard Carlyle   ...   Cmdr. Don Adams
Fredd Wayne   ...   Orville "Goldy" Goldstein
Don Keefer   ...   Ens. Ron Milligan
Robert Hardy   ...   Lt. Redley
Paul Picerni   ...   Lt. Fisher


Review by Strawberry (posted on 18-Feb-2005)

It is doubtful whether this movie follows actual events and people closely. But it was nominated for Best Special Effects, probably for the model work, the burning ships, and the underwater scene near the end. The underwater submarine shots always look like models in this type of movie, but I've seen worse. Color.

South Pacific, 1942. The Navy's most wanted target is the aircraft carrier that led the attack on Pearl Harbor. A submarine Captain (Glenn Ford) can barely focus on his job because his wife (Dianne Brewster, in a few brief scenes) and children are unaccounted for in Japanese-occupied Manila.

Ernest Borgnine plays the sub's Executive Officer in his usual good-guy role. The two officers become ever more determined to sink the carrier as the film progresses.

All other roles, including that of Dean Jones, who did a lot of Disney work in the 1960's, are secondary to the relationship of the two lead actors. Their relationship gets more strained under the pressure of battle.

Don't watch this if you want a "rah, rah" war epic. It's a bit too gritty for that.

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