“Now, that’s the word of God. And it’s good. But I don’t think He’d mind if I put my oar in. These are eight men we knew and liked, guys like us. Guys we ate with and slept with and fought with. Well, we were just a little luckier than they were. We’ll miss them. All of them.” – Joe Rossi
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A crew on a tanker that is part of the Merchant marines tries to do their job and get supplies and equipment across the Atlantic to the men fighting in Europe.
My Take on it – This is another film that I knew nothing about before coming across it by accident while going through a list of Humphrey Bogart films.
This film does a great job showing how important the role of the Merchant Marines were in the fight against Fascism during World War II.
The story itself works quite well on numerous levels in order for us to be able to see the kind of dangers that these men chose to face in order to do their part for the war effort.
Bogart is great in the lead here and gives off a great feeling as the second officer on this ship.
He is helped along with things by Raymond Massey and Alan Hale in order to give us a realistic feel of the experience of traveling the seas under these kind of circumstances.
This was a movie that was probably much better received when it came out due to the fact that it was used as war propaganda in order to try and show how important it was for various sectors of the work force to do their part in the fight against the evil of the world.
Bottom Line – Great film that helps emphasize the role of the Merchant Marines in the fight against Fascism. The story works on numerous levels and allows us to see the kind of dangers that these men chose to face in order to pitch in and help the war effort. Bogart is great in the lead role and is helped by Massey and Hale to give us the feel of how it is to travels the seas under such circumstances. The film was probably received much better when it came out due to the fact that it was used as war propaganda in order to show how important the work was for people in so many fields during the fight against evil. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the book “Bill Collins Presents the Golden Years of Hollywood”, “For certain scenes, amazingly created on the screen, a replica of a ten thousand-ton tanker was built inside Warner Brothers sound stages six and seven. Each stage contained one half the ship’s hull and deck-housing fixtures. This ship had to be torpedoed with its gasoline cargo on fire [for the movie]. Then a Liberty Ship was constructed on the same two sound stages for later scenes in the film. Furthermore, the size of these sets prohibited their being fixed on rocking equipment. The rocking had to come from the camera, so the camera was mounted on a crane to simulate movement!” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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