Crash Dive

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A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl.

ACTORS : Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1943

POSTAGE : Free In Australia

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Crash Dive, Against his personal preference, PT boat commander Ward Stewart is made executive officer of the submarine USS Corsair. On leave before sailing, he meets schoolteacher Jean Hewlett and gives her a romantic rush…unaware that she’s the sweetheart of Dewey Connors, his new commander. At sea, the men bond while fighting German Q-ships. When will they discover their mutual romantic rivalry? Will it interfere with a spectacular commando raid on a secret German base?

Dive, dive, dive!

Crash Dive, Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews take on the Nazi’s in their submarine. When it comes to nautical movies you just can’t beat a good old submarine story, the claustriphobic atmosphere of the sub, the inevitable sweating in the dark, listening to the ping of the sonar and anticipating the rocking explosions of the depth charges… And it’s all in glorious colour, which is unusual for a war movie actually made during the war. Throw in a love triangle and a commando attack on a secret Nazi base and you have a solid patriotic entertainment (it even encourages you to buy war bonds over the final credits!).

love triangle at war

Archie Mayo’s film lurches between a straightforward war movie (with impressive effects in the later section, concerning an attack on a submarine) and a tug of love romance between two friends and the girl they both want to marry. The balance between the two stories isn’t always effective, and perhaps the film would have been better one thing or the other.

However, Tyrone Power is top-billed – in his last movie before real-life active service – and close following in the cast are Dana Andrews, reliable as ever in what could have been a unsympathetic role, and Anne Baxter as the schoolmistress who wins their hearts. All are very good. James Gleason, as ‘Mac’, is as watchable as ever, while the great May Whitty makes an impact when the focus moves away from the boys at sea.

‘Crash Dive’ is perhaps a noble failure, but yet another interesting war film, this time propaganda for the submarine units. It is also of note for the blink-and-you-miss-him film debut of Steve Forrest (younger brother of Dana Andrews).

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