Crash Dive (1943)

“That isn’t gold on your uniform – it’s brass!” – Jean Hewlett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Trouble ensues onboard a submarine when the Captain and his new Executive Officer both fall in love with the same woman.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and the premise sounded quite interesting.

They do a nice job of showing how personal issues can affect the way that officers can carry out their duty even in volatile situations.

They also do a nice job showing the various difficulties of men crammed into a ship underwater for weeks at a time.

Dana Andrews and Tyrone Powers are both superb in the lead roles as they both vie for the same woman.

Unfortunately, neither of them manages to have real chemistry with Anne Baxter which makes these parts of the story far too bland especially when comparing them to the scenes when they are at sea.

They do a nice job with the battle scenes and make things look quite plausible while showing the patriotism and integrity of these men along the way.

Bottom Line – Interesting look at life at sea and how personal issues can somehow affect the way that officers carry out their duties. Andrews and Powers are both great here even if the romantic parts between both of them and Baxter are a bit to bland to be believed. The submarine scenes are done really well and we get a feel for how life must be like for men crammed into a ship below the water for weeks at a time. The battle scenes are believable and help show the patriotism of these brave men.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Final film for Tyrone Power prior to entering military service as a private. He is credited in the film as as Tyrone Power U.S.M.C.R. On 1 October 1942, Power was allowed to defer the start of his military duties in order to complete production on this movie which did not finish shooting until mid-November 1942. Power did not star in another movie until 1946 when he appeared in The Razor’s Edge (1946). At the time of Power’s death in 1958, he was a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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