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Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 27 March 1958 (USA)
A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay), Edward L. Beach (based on novel by) (as Commander Edward L. Beach)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson
Burt Lancaster ... Lt. Jim Bledsoe
Jack Warden ... Yeoman 1st Class Mueller
Brad Dexter ... Ens. Gerald Cartwright
Don Rickles ... Quartermaster 1st Class Ruby
Nick Cravat ... Russo
Joe Maross ... Chief Kohler
Mary LaRoche ... Laura Richardson
Eddie Foy III ... Larto
Rudy Bond ... Sonarman 1st Class Cullen
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Storyline

The captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during WWII is finally given a chance to skipper another sub after a year of working a desk job. His singleminded determination for revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel puts his new crew in unneccessary danger. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

27 March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Run Silent, Run Deep See more »

Filming Locations:

Salton Sea, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was filmed aboard the US Redfish. According to one sailor on the Redfish at the time, Clark Gable spent a lot of free time between shots with the enlisted men, whereas Burt Lancaster limited himself to the officers primarily and usually just sat in the officers mess. See more »

Goofs

In several underwater scenes, the bottom of the tank the film is being shot in can be seen - it has a very flat, level bottom, and light can be seen reflected on it. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lt. Jim Bledsoe: [presiding at a funeral on his submarine] It's thirty-eight days now since we left Pearl Harbor. I know how some of us felt then; I think I know how some of us feel now. But let no one here, no one aboard this boat, ever say we didn't have a captain.
[as the body is buried at sea, he reads these remarks]
Lt. Jim Bledsoe: Unto almighty God we commend the soul of our shipmate departed. And we commit his body to the deep, in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection unto eternal life, when the sea ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "Bungo Straits Near the Coast of Japan 1942" See more »

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Referenced in Archer: Drastic Voyage: Part 1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Been a Long, Long Time
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Played on Tokyo Rose's radio broadcasts to American ships
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Gable and Lancaster on a collision course with the Imperial Japanese Navy during WWII. Superb
31 January 2003 | by Mickey-2See all my reviews

"Run Silent, Run Deep" featured the only pairing of two screen giants-Clark Gable, in the twilight of his career, and Burt Lancaster, whose best performances were still ahead of him. Sad to say that they couldn't be used in a joint effort again, as the on-screen chemistry was on a supreme height.

Gable plays the commander of a WWII submarine that has recently been sunk in an ara referred to as the Bunko Straits, or Area 7. He has been assigned to a desk job back at Pearl Harbor, and even after a year, is still brooding over the loss of his crew and his boat. Lancaster has a good part, that of the Executive Officer of a sub called the USS Nerka. This boat has just had a command change, Lancaster desires that position, but is passed over in favor of Gable, who senses a chance to return to the Straits and extract revenge on the Japanese destroyer which he feels certain sank his old command. The clash between the two men is obvious, but they put their personal differences behind them, and head for a long lasting combat mission, which against orders, will include Gable's return visit to the forbidden area 7 of the Bunko Straits.

Besides the pairing of two of Hollywood's screen legends, the film features the realism of using an actual ship of the line, the USS Redfish, for many of the shots. Also, the viewer has a chance to feel a part of the underwater tensions and claustrophobic conditions that submariners experienced during times of combat underwater. A must-see, or even better, a must buy film for those that enjoy films of this genre.


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