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Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 27 January 1951 (USA)
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During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

Director:

George Waggner

Writer:

George Waggner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
Patricia Neal ... Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
Ward Bond ... Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Scott Forbes ... Lt. Larry
Philip Carey ... Lt. (j.g.) Bob Perry
Paul Picerni ... Jonesy
William Campbell ... The Talker (as Bill Campbell)
Kathryn Givney ... Cmdr. Steele
Martin Milner ... Ens. Caldwell
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Commander, SUBPAC
Jack Pennick ... The Chief
Virginia Brissac ... Sister Anna
Vincent Fotre Vincent Fotre ... Soundman
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Squad Commander
Sam Edwards ... Junior
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The submarine USS Thunderfish successfully completes a secret mission to rescue a group of orphans on a remote Pacific island. On the way back to Honolulu they encounter a Japanese aircraft carrier but the torpedoes they fire explode about halfway to the target, a recurring problem that has plagued the submarine fleet for some time. The Thunderfish's XO, Duke Gifford runs into his ex-wife and Navy nurse Mary Stuart at the hospital. There's still a spark between them but the boat is sent out on another mission before anything is resolved. When Gifford's good friend and captain, Pop Perry, is killed Gifford believe it's his fault. A inquiry clears him and after he and his men solve the problem of the misfiring torpedoes, they set out to sea. Written by garykmcd

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He's Skipper "Duke" Gifford Who Could Put A Torpedo Through A Needle...And Sew Up A Date With A Laugh! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

John Wayne was dissatisfied with the finished film, believing it to be overlong and containing too much romance. He was also opposed from the beginning to the casting of Patricia Neal, whom he felt was too young at 24 for the role of his ex-wife. See more »

Goofs

When Pop gives the order "Cast off for'ard", the person behind him is holding a microphone below his chin with his left hand. In the subsequent shot his left hand holds the left earphone. See more »

Quotes

Duke E. Gifford: How's the picture?
Lt. Larry: Oh, all right I guess, sir... the things those Hollywood guys can do with a submarine.
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Crazy Credits

In keeping with the submarine theme of the film: at the very start, we see a submarine periscope break the surface of the sea, then we see an officer looking into the view-port of the periscope, then we see the opening credits appear, as if being viewed through a periscope. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German version was edited by ca. 13 minutes. German DVD release contains this cut version and the original US version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
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Played during the opening credits
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pretty good
18 February 2004 | by kyle_furrSee all my reviews

A world war II film set on a submarine with John Wayne, who takes over command after the commander, played by Ward Bond, is killed. It's your basic submarine film, nothing special about this one, but it is well made. John Wayne plays John Wayne, Patricia Neal does a good job and in one scene on the sub, you can see the men watch Destination Tokyo with Cary Grant.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Pacific See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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