Crash Dive (1943) - full transcript

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?

Did you hear that,



Pt boats!

Off the port beam!

Here we are!

Tell number 14

to drop out.

Pick up survivors.

Survivors off
the starboard bow.

Tell him I got it.


Throw them a line.

Any water, mister?

Yes, plenty, laddie.

Periscope off
starboard bow.

back in the boat.

Take your stations.

Cast off.

We'll be back for you!

Man your battle stations.

Stand by for
depth charge attack.

That sub's been
stalking that lifeboat,

trying to knock off
a rescue ship.

We'll see what
we can do for him.

[Boat whistle blows]

[Boat whistle blows]



Captain Bryson?

Captain Bryson
is not here.

This is admiral Stewart.
What is it?

Somebody to see
the commodore, sir.
Lieutenant ward Stewart.

Have him come in.

Hello, ward.

Uncle Bob,
what are you doing
so far from Washington?

I'm here on
an inspection tour.

It's an unexpected pleasure
seeing you here.

I was supposed to
go back this morning,

but I'm staying
till tomorrow night.

I'm glad because it's given
me this chance to see you.

Maybe you can tell me
why they sent for me.

We'll come to that.

you did a swell job
sinking that submarine.

It was a neat job
of work all around.

Tell me about it.

Well, there isn't
much to tell.

That u-boat
never had a chance.

No submarine has a chance
against those pt boats.

You like the pt boats?

It's absolutely the best
branch of the service, sir.

You said that
about battleships.

A pt's a flyweight battleship,

only much more maneuverable.

I recall your enthusiasm
for cruisers

when you were
serving in them.

A pt's a bantam cruiser,
only easier to handle.

And when you were
in destroyers?

A pt's a lightweight
destroyer, only faster.

It's a great
fighting ship, sir.

I understand
exactly how you feel.

I feel the same way
about submarines
and the men in them.

They're picked
for their character,

their sense of duty
and discipline,

their hearts
and their heads.

They're a wonderful
body of men.

Not enough of them.

There's a shortage
of trained officers.


About my being ordered
to new London, sir.

That was my suggestion,

How long were you
in submarines?

Two years.

With an excellent
record, as I recall.

Thank you, sir.

I was mighty glad
to get out of them.

I'm interested
in your views
on submarines.


Go ahead.

Off the record,
uncle Bob?

Off the record.

As far
as I'm concerned,

it's no life for a dog,
even a sea dog.

I'd rather sink them
than sail them any day.

My boy, you're
going to sail them.

But the pts, uncle Bob,

I wouldn't be happy
in any other branch.

The stewarts
have been in the Navy
for three generations.

They've been happy
in any branch
of the service.

You think
I'm tied to my desk
because I prefer it?

I'm serving where
I'm needed most.

You're being assigned
where you're needed most.

Yes, sir.
You're right.
I'm sorry.

I'll be glad
to get back
to submarines.

That's the spirit.

Still, um...


If I may say so...

Go right ahead.

Those pts are
a work of art, sir.

So are the submarines.

That's right.

I'll have you meet
captain Bryson.

He'll introduce you
to your new skipper.

They shipped me here
so quickly,

I didn't have a chance

to attend to some
personal business.

Could I have
weekend leave?

You rate some leave.

I'm sure
it can be arranged.

[Boat whistle blows]

There they go...

Out to sea.

Well, there they go.

Yeah. We'll be going
this time next week.

Yes, sir, maybe.

What do you mean, maybe,

Well, we can't leave

without an
executive officer,
can we, sir?

Certainly not.

We ain't got no
executive officer,
have we, sir?

Captain Bryson promised
we'd have one last week.

Yes, sir.

But we didn't
get one last week.

We didn't get one
this week.

We probably won't
get one next week.


We'll see about that.

How are you, Dewey?

Good morning,

You look as though
you have steam to blow off.

May I blow it?

Go ahead.
Open the valves.

A whole slew of submarines
just pulled out.

Every day boats shove off,
and we're tied to the dock.

My men are getting fat, and
my boat's getting barnacles,

all on account of
one measly replacement.

You're not due to leave
till next week, are you?

We won't be able to leave
unless we get that man.

Why won't Washington
unscrew that guy
from his swivel chair

and send him down
so we can get away
from that dock?

You're inquiring about
your new executive officer?

Yes, sir.

Well, here he is.

Mr. Connors,
meet lieutenant Stewart.

How do you do, sir?

I'll see you later,

Glad to meet you,

I hope you'll overlook
that swivel chair crack.

Sure, sure.

What was
your last ship?

Mosquito boat, sir.

I certainly
hated to leave it.

I developed
quite a yen

for those fast,
open boats,

and, frankly,
this is going to be
quite a letdown.

Cigarette, sir?


Annapolis, huh?

Yes, sir.
Class of '36.

Care to have
a look at the boat?

Well, I came here
with only a toothbrush.

The admiral's let me
have weekend leave

so I could clear up
a little personal

if it's all right
with you, sir.

That's all right
with me.

Everybody says
it will be a long war.

Thank you, sir.

Well, captain?

Well, we've got our
executive officer,

That is, we will
have him Monday,

I hope.

Oh, Mac,
go back to the boat

and tell Mr. brown
to take over.

I'll be back in
a couple of hours.

Aye, aye, sir.

Thank you.

Off you get, girls.

Come on.

That's it.

Elbert, you take care
of the luggage

and see that the girls
get on the train.


I'll be right along.

I thought you would
miss your train.

Oh, Dewey, darling,
I'm so sorry I was late,

but I didn't know
till the last minute...

What's this? Are you
moving the whole school?

No, just
the honor students.

They get the trip
as a prize.

Miss bromley
was taking them,

but she had
a toothache,

so I was elected.

Where are you
taking them, teacher?

Just a few places
of historic interest.

How long
will you be away?

Several days.

Several days?

When you go away
on your ship,

for several weeks.

Now you know
how I feel.

You mean to say
you miss me?

I mean to say.

That's nice.


Come on.

I wish I were
an honor student, Jean,

so I could
come along too.

You can make
the next train.

Can't you get away
for a few days?

I wish I could.

Can't you get
one day's leave?

Now, don't tempt me.


I'll miss you
an awful lot, darling.

Drop me a line,
will you?

I'll call you.

Have a nice trip.




Oh, I bought these
for you!

[Train whistle blows]

Good night, darlings.

Good night!
Good night!

Girls, other people
are trying to sleep.

Good night.

Get to bed.

Go on. Go to sleep.
Button up.


Good evening.

It's a small world,
isn't it?

What are you doing
in my berth?

I was just about to ask you
that same question.

What are you
going to do?

Call the Porter
and have him
put you out.

That's liable to create
an unfortunate impression

not warranted
by the facts,

especially as
this happens
to be my berth.

It is not your berth.
I have lower six.

There seems to be
a difference of opinion.

It's certainly
easy enough to find out.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk.

Well, what do you know?

You're right.
Social error.

My ticket calls
for upper six.

Please accept
my apologies.

Now will you
please get out?

Yes, ma'am.

Anything I can do
for you, miss hewlitt?

No, no.
Thank you very much.


Would you mind
taking that ladder
off my foot?

Oh, I'm sorry.

Good night.

Glad to have you aboard.

[Train whistle blows]

Excuse me,
i left my cig...

Oh, yes, of course.
There it is.

Thank you.

I hope I haven't
inconvenienced you.

Good night.


Oh, thank you.

Good night.

Good night.

Good morning.

This way, sir.

Good morning.

I hope you slept well
last night.

The children
had me worried

when I saw you
rounding them up
this morning.

I thought you were
their mother.

I was relieved to find out
you were only their teacher.

The Porter told me.

I was interested
to hear

these young ladies
are super quiz kids,

that you're
taking them on a tour

as a reward
for being at the head
of their class.

The Porter
mentioned it to me.

Miss hewlitt,
i understand you're
going to Washington.

The Porter.
My name is ward Stewart.

Washington is
a madhouse there now...
Standing room only.

I hope for your sake
you have reservations.

Where are you staying?

Ask the Porter.

Come on, girls.


Try the mayflower.

I've got
a reservation,
i tell you.

It expired
at noon.

It's only
five after now.

Please, sir,
try the mayflower.

What do you know
about that?

You give up everything
to come here,

and you can't find
a place to live.

Big man in Texas,
ain't ya?

What'll your
constituents say?

I'll see the
postmaster general
about this.

I hope
he mails us back.

try the mayflower.

We did try
the mayflower.

There's nothing
over there.

Try the mayflower.

Try the mayflower.

We've tried
the mayflower.

They told us
to try the Carlton.

I've been
to every hotel
in Washington.

We've walked
our feet off.

The children are
about to collapse.

We don't need a suite.
We'll take one room.

Have you tried
the mayflower?

Would you get me
Mr. Simmons on the desk?

Couldn't you put us
in the basement?

The basement
is filled up.

Give us a tent,
and we'll pitch it
on the roof.

I'm sorry, miss,
but the roof is...



Mr. Simmons, this is
lieutenant Stewart

Yes, sir.

I'm checking out,
but on one condition.

I want the young lady
you're talking to

to have my rooms.

Don't you tell her
i suggested it.

I understand, sir.

Yes, sir.

Thank you, sir.

the luckiest woman
in Washington.

We've just had
a cancellation.

We were here first!

Pardon me.

Thank you, sir.

Here you are.

Peggy, come out
of the shower

and give
the other girls
a chance.

Anybody there?



this is too much.

What do you mean
by following me around?

The following's
with the other foot.
These are my rooms!

nothing of the sort.

If you'd
looked around,

you'd find my baggage
is still here.

I had it moved
to the storage room.

You'll have to move it
right back in again.

You had no right
to move my baggage
out of my rooms.

You checked out!

I did not.

I heard the clerk
take the call.

I'm surprised at you.

That's an old trick.

Everybody knows it.

No accommodations,
so you have one of
your confederates call,

check somebody out,
and then you barge in.

Are you accusing me
of such a cheap,
shabby trick?

I didn't check out.

I checked in,
and I'm staying in.

You'll have to find
other quarters.


I don't know.
C'est la guerre.

Try the mayflower.

Just a minute,
young lady.

I don't
have to remind you

that the armed forces

have priority
over civilians.

Where's that telephone?

What are you doing?

the house detective.

Wait a minute, please.

We're only
going to be here
such a short while.

This is
what you get

for not casting your bread
upon the waters.

What bread?

Last night,
when I moved in on you
by mistake,

you flung me out.

You wouldn't even
say good night
after three chances.

This morning
when I tried
to help you,

you walked out on me.

I apologize.

Now, captain...


I throw myself entirely
on your generosity.

For myself
i could manage,

but the children,
poor dears,

they're so exhausted.

Lieutenant, surely...

Well, I'll, uh...

I'll have to
give this some thought.

I'm against appeasement
as a rule,

but in this case,

I'm willing to discuss
a negotiated peace.

You keep the bedroom.
I'll take the parlor.

Oh, but, lieutenant,

we're seven.

You're only one.

Since you're an officer
and a gentleman...

And I was a boy scout.

You win. You can have
the whole works.

Oh, thank you so much.

Under certain conditions.


You know from
your own experience

how difficult
it would be

to find any place
to sleep in Washington.

Don't you know
anybody here?

I know an admiral,

but you wouldn't have me
inconvenience him.

You might try
a turkish bath.

No. I'm allergic
to steam.

I'm afraid there's
only one out for me.

I'll have to
stay up all night.

I'm sorry.

Don't think
anything of it.

I'm used to
staying up all night.

It's just that
i get terribly lonesome.

But we can
cure that too.

You'll have dinner
with me...

That's impossible.

Why, the children,
i have...

The little angels
can have dinner
sent up here.

I'll pick you up

and take you on
a personally conducted
tour of Washington.

Before you know it,
it will be morning.

Are you suggesting
i stay up all night?

No, not all of it.

Just part of it.

Say, till midnight.
Is that agreeable?

Certainly not.

Very well.

Would you send up
a pinkerton man, please?

Please don't do that.

Cancel it.

That isn't gold
on your uniform.

It's brass.

There's an
embassy party tonight.

What time
shall I pick you up?

You realize
this is blackmail?

Make it 7:00.

It's terribly
crowded here,
don't you think?

It's nicer out here,
isn't it?


Who was that
nice little man

you introduced me to
in there?

What little man was that?

You know.
The one with glasses.

Oh, his name
was litvinoff.

He was cute.

Did you say litvinoff?

Yes, litvinoff.

When I tell them
back home

I met
the Russian ambassador,

they won't believe me.

How do you feel?

I'm having
a wonderful time.

entitled to it.

You're a wonderful girl.

You make up your mind
very quickly, don't you?

I know. I'm an expert.

You might even say
that I'm a connoisseur.

I have an answer
for that,

but I can't
think of it
just now.

The champagne...

What time is it?

Time stops
on a night like this.

Psst, Alice.

Look and see
what time it is,

will you?

Five after 3:00.

Five after 3:00?

And miss hewlitt
isn't home yet.

She said she'd be home
not later than midnight.

Should we worry?

must've happened.

Should we do something?

We could
call the police.

Yeah, that's good!

Let's do that!



How are they?

Sound asleep.

Bless their
little hearts.

What about tomorrow?


I mean
today, tonight.

Will you have
dinner with me?

I'm afraid not.

I don't think we should
see each other anymore.

It'll be a crime
if you don't get
to know me better.

Oh, an egotist.

All right.
It'll be a crime

if I don't get
to know you better.

I think
it'd be much better

if it ends now.

I'll make a deal
with you.

Have dinner
with me tonight.

If you still feel
the same way you do now,

I promise never
to see you again.

Is that a deal?

It's a deal.

Good night, Jean.

Good night.

I'll pick you up
at 7:00 sharp.

Miss Jean hewlitt,

Miss hewlitt checked out,


Mr. Simmons.

Yes, sir?

When did miss hewlitt
check out?

About an hour ago.

She left
a note for you,

Mr. Simmons.

Yes, sir?

Did she leave
any forwarding address?

Bromley school
for girls,

new London.


New London?



No, it can't be.

It's illogical.

Things like that
just don't happen.

I don't understand,

Try the mayflower.


Ambassadors, senators,

diplomats, generals,
and admirals.

Everybody who is
anybody in Washington
was there.

We had a fabulous time.

We ate caviar
and drank champagne

and danced
the whole night through.

It was like a dream.

A lovely dream.

But why did you break

your date with him
the next day?

Strategic retreat.


To avoid encirclement,

It was only an episode,

but for a moment,
it had me worried.

Jean, how about
your friend,

the rock of Gibraltar?

Haven't you got
a guilty conscience?

Don't be silly.

The rock's
the one you marry.

And after all,
we're not engaged.



It's a small world,
isn't it?

It's him.

He is a dream.

That's the one
i didn't want walking
around here.

What'll I do?

I'd probably break an ankle
rushing downstairs.

Miss hewlitt!

Miss hewlitt!


How did you find me?

The Porter told me.

Can I come up?

It's against the rules.

Will you come down then?

No callers are permitted
on the school premises,
except parents.

Well, I'm not a parent yet.

Someday I hope to be.

Please come down.

It's terribly important,
practically a crisis.

Suppose miss bromley

should see him
standing there.

I'll go get rid of him
for you.

Will you?

Oh, I'd be glad to.

May I borrow
your lipstick, please?

Never mind.
I'll get rid
of him myself.


i brought you something.

[Girls giggling]

Thank you.

I told you
no one was allowed
on these premises.

You got back safely?

Quite safely.

How are the children?

Fine, thank you.

Would you mind
getting down
to the crisis?

The crisis? Oh, yes.


The last time I saw you,

we made an arrangement,

but you didn't keep
your end of the bargain.

I'm giving you
another chance.

Will you have dinner
with me tonight?

I have an appointment
for dinner.

You are
the most beautiful...

Don't say it.

When you broke
that date with me,

you thought
it'd be safer for you

in new London
than in Washington.

Is that what you want...


You present
quite a problem.

I can solve it for you.



and good luck.

Miss hewlitt, I...

Oh, I don't care
for any dessert, thanks.

What are you dreaming
about, sweet?

Dewey, let's get married.



Let's get married.



I've been wanting
to ask you that
for weeks.

Why didn't you?

Well, I...

Was sort of waiting
to get another stripe
on my sleeve.

I wouldn't want you
to marry anyone

under the rank
of a full commander.

I don't want to marry
a rank, Dewey.

I want to marry you.

It's not the rank.

It takes money
to get married, Jean,

not the original cost,
but the upkeep.

I want you to have
a place of your own.

That's where the pay
comes in.

Probably we'll have
brats of our own too.

That's where
the pay comes in again.

We have to think
of those things,

especially now
when we're at war
and everything is so...

Well, anyway, it's nice
to know everything's
snug and safe ashore.

Snug and safe.

Yes, it is nice to know,

but I don't feel that way
without you.

Well, darling,
maybe when we get back...

Get back?

Are you going to sea?


We're leaving tonight.

I wouldn't worry
about it.

It's just
a little fishing trip.






On watch
in the engine room.



On the bridge.

All right, men.
Fall out and gather around.

Most of you have sailed
on the corsair before,

but to the new men aboard,

I have only this to say.

Since Pearl harbor,

this ship has always
returned from a cruise

with a broom
at the masthead...
A clean sweep.

We'll do it again.

Make preparations
to get underway immediately.

Aye, aye, sir.

Station the sea detail.

First section
has the watch.

First section,
sea detail.

All set, Mr. Stewart?

Yes, sir.

Take her out.

Aye, aye, sir.

Take in two and three.

Take in two and three.

Take in four.

Take in four.

Take in one.

Take in one.

Starboard back

Port back 1/3.

Starboard back 2/3.

Port back 1/3.

Rudder amidships.

Rudder amidships.

Hey, chief, how about
a little relief?

I've been on
for six hours.

That's right.
Okay, Mr. brown?


Oh, pat, come on.
Take the manifold.

Aft torpedo room.

Aft torpedo room.

Aft torpedo room.
Aye, aye.

Send Rutledge
to control room
to relieve Jo...

To relieve Johnson
on the bow planes.

Aye, aye, sir.

Sure is close quarters,

What's wrong, chief?


Why, nothing.

A little attack
of indigestion, I guess.

I'll be all right.

Leave me alone.

I'm all right.

How about a cup
of coffee, chief?

No, I don't want
any java, thanks.

Hey, you asleep, doc?


Oh, hello,

a pharmacist's mate.

What do they
put Nitroglycerin
in pills for?


That's what they give
to people whose hearts
are on the blink.

Something wrong
with your ticker?

No, I'm all right.

I'm just inquiring
for a friend.

I'd tell him
to see a doctor

before he took
any of those.


What is our depth,

75 feet, sir.

Bring up
to periscope depth.

I want to have
a look.

Aye, aye, sir.
40 feet.

Get that
problem solved,

Yeah. It was a Lane
100 miles long

and 14 miles wide.

30 days to patrol
a Lane 14 miles wide

and 100 miles long.

With one of those
torpedo boats,

I could've patrolled
the whole north Atlantic
in half that time.

Those new pts have
everything on them
but a waffle iron.


Mr. Stewart.

Yes, sir.

Come take a look.

If you were on a pt boat
with a waffle iron,

what would you say
that was?

It's a freighter, sir.

Right rudder.
New course 2-5-0.

Right rudder.
New course 2-5-0, sir.

That's a Swedish flag.

Seems to be in distress.

The men are working
on something aft.

They might be
shifting cargo.

They might be
laying mines.

We'll have a look.

Down periscope.

for battle surface.

All ahead 2/3.

Stations for battle surface.

Stations for battle surface!

[Alarm clanging]

Battle surface.
Take her up.

Hard right.
Blow one, two, and five.

[Alarm clanging]

Show them our colors.



Tell them to stand by
for boarding and inspection
of ship's papers.

Was wollen sie?

Sie wollen an bord.


Lass sie nur kommen.

Zu befehl,
herr kapitan.

Prepare to board her,
Mr. Stewart.

Aye, aye, sir.

Sorry we haven't got
a pt boat to send you
over in, but...

Get this boat back
to the sub as quick
as you can.

Commence firing!

Tell them to...



Achtung! Feuer!



That q-boat's got us

Don't you think
we ought to dive, sir?

Not till those guys
get back here. Come on!

Take her down, captain!

Crash dive her!
We'll take our chances.

Come on!

Cease firing.

Secure all guns.

Stand by to dive.


It's a cinch they'll start
dropping ash cans now.

How much water
under us, brownie?

15 fathoms, sir.

Pump to auxiliary
from sea.

Pump to auxiliary
from sea.

We're taking her
to the bottom.

Feuer einstellen!

Feuer einstellen.

Volldampf voraus.

Scharf backbord.

Volldampf voraus.
Scharf backbord.

Brace yourselves.
We're going to hit.





All right, boys.
Take it easy.

Smoking lamp is lit
for 10 minutes.

Pass the word.

All hands,
smoking lamp is lit.

10 minutes.

Thank you,
Mr. Stewart.


You better go forward

and see how the men are,
Mr. Stewart.

Yes, sir.


Everything quiet
and serene forward, sir.

Very well.

Aft torpedo room
reports flooding, sir.

Take it, Mac.

Aye, aye, sir.

Stand by.

the watertight doors.

Should I sound
the crash alarm?

And let that q-boat
hear us? Belay it.

Turn on
your high pressure pump.

Break out
the corking tools.

Emergency shores.

Stand by air salvage.

Turn on the emergency light.

Hurry up, will you?

If only I were up there
in one of those pt boats.

Well, you're not,
Mr. Stewart.

Oh, Mr. Stewart.

Go forward and tell them

to take the torpedoes
out of one and two.


I said out.

Aye, aye, sir.

Brownie, break out
about 10 life jackets

and bring them forward
on the double.

I don't get it.

What's the skipper
taking the fish out for?

Tell Oliver to rustle up

all the empty packing cases
and debris he can find.

Men, strip off your clothes
down to your skivvies.

Captain, would you
tell me...

When you can't get away,
Mr. Stewart,
you play possum.


Are they ready?

Yes, sir.

Give me those caps.

Here they are, sir.

Fill up the impulse
air pressure.

Aye, sir.

All right. Open
number one, Mr. Stewart.

Aye, aye, sir.

Engine room.

Engine room. Aye, aye.

Stand by to pump
100 gallons of fuel

Open the outer doors.

Stand by, Mr. Stewart.

Yes, sir.

Engine room,
outer doors open, sir.

Pump the oil overboard.

You all set?

One set, sir.

Fire one.

Secure the outer doors.

Come along, Mr. Stewart.

Captain's hit his head.

Get the pharmacist's

Help get the captain
to his cabin.

Control room.
Control room.

Pharmacist's mate.
The captain's quarters.

Was ist das?

[Speaking german]


Ol. Wunderbar.

Where's that q-boat?

Bearing 5-0, sir.

Can you give me
an estimate
on her speed?

5 knots, sir.

It looks like
the skipper fooled them.

They won't drop
any more ashcans.

Now's the time
to get away.

Now's the time
to get, period.

How much water do we need
to put her on the bottom?

4,000 pounds.

Pump from auxiliary
to sea.

How are the bilges aft?

Torpedo room
practically dry, sir.

Put those fish back
in one and two.

When she breaks loose,
bring her up easily.

3,000 out.

Secure at 5,000.

Secure at 5,000, sir.

Now we're loose.

bring her up easy.

Aye, sir.


All ahead 1/3.

Give me a bearing.
Where is she?

Bearing 5-2, sir.

Motor room answers
all ahead 1/3, sir.

Right full rudder.

Right full rudder.

New course 2-9-0.

Can you level her off
and hold her at 40 feet?

Aye, sir.

Q-boat slowing down, sir.

Coming up fast.
More dive on
the bow planes.

More dive
on the bow planes.

Up periscope.

Steady as you go.

Steady as you go, sir.

Are all torpedo tubes
ready for firing?

Three and four ready, sir.

Enemy bearing 0-0-3.

Angle on the bow... 84.

One and two ready, sir.

They stopped, brownie.

Enemy speed zero.

Watch your depth, Stevie.
Watch your depth.

Range 1,200.

Firing order, one and two.

Firing order,
one and two.

You're right on it,

Stand by, one.

Stand by, one.

Fire one.

Fire one.

One fired, sir.

Well, babies,

you're on your way.


Do your stuff now.

Stand by, two.

Stand by, two.

Fire two.

Fire two.

Two fired, sir.

Bring her up, Stevie.

Blow one, two, and five.

Little chilly, but
a beautiful evening.


I'm off watch,

but I hate to think
about going below.

Mac, tell Oliver
to bring me up
a cup of coffee.

Tell him to make it two.

Aye, sir. Nice work
for all of us.

Beautiful evening.

Yes, it is.

It's usually like that
in these latitudes.

How do you feel,

Oh, fine.

I want
to congratulate you

on the way you got
that q-boat.

Well, he'd have got us
if we hadn't played possum.

You know,
I'm thinking someday

they'll make
a torpedo boat
that'll submerge.

That's funny you should
mention that, captain.

I've been thinking of a way

to make a submarine
go 50 knots.

Ha ha ha!

Here. Cigarette?

Thanks, Dewey.

You're welcome, ward.

Let's go below
and have a smoke.

Hello, Dewey!


How are ya?
Good to see you.

Gee, it's nice
to see you back.

Where'd you get
that broom?

Don't tell them.
Make 'em guess.

It sure feels good to see
the sun after 60 days.

Get me
the officers club.

You come back from
one of these cruises

looking like you were
born in a pool room.

But you head
for these lights,

and it's like
you're just back
from palm beach.

On pt boats,
you don't need sun lamps.

Pipe down
about those pts
for a while.

Here you are, sir.
Thank you.

Give me the dining
room, please.

Yes, on those pts,

you get the real article
all day long...

Sun and wind
and spray...

This is
lieutenant commander
Connors speaking.

We're just back
from a cruise.

We're coming over
for lunch.

There'll be
two of us.

No. No meats,
no steaks, no chops.

We want vegetables.

Fresh vegetables.

Fresh vegetables.
All you've got.

And milk.

Not out of cans.

Not out of cans.

And fruit.
Plenty of fresh fruit.


And above all,


Fresh butter,
and all they've got.

All you've got.


Ah, fresh celery.
Oh, fresh celery.

Hello, Lee.
How are you?

Fine, sir.

You get
our order?

Yes, sir.
Coming right up, sir.

Excuse me, ward.
I got to make
a phone call.

Oh, fresh butter.

When have i
seen you before?

Just an
appetizer, sir.

Just an appetizer,

Hello, bromley school?

Could you get a message
to miss Jean hewlitt

when she's through
with class?

Ask her to call
commander Connors

at the officers club
at the sub base.

That's right.
Thank you.

Say, you following
me around?

No, sir. I'm just
walking with you.

Well, walk up
where I can see you.


Wherever I am,
you are.

I got a feeling
you're spying on me.

What is this?

I don't know, chief.

I guess
it's what you might
call coincidence.

You know, captain,
this is Michigan celery.

Oh, Mac.

Macdonnell, just a minute.

Excuse me, ward.


Got some
good news for you.

News, sir?

I saw some papers
on the captain's desk.

What papers?

I don't know who,

but somebody
recommended you for
promotion to warrant.

Oh. Well, that's
wonderful of you, captain.

You'll pass
your physical,
and it's in the bag.

Yes, sir.

Thanks a million,

So, uh...

You're going to
make us salute,
huh, chief?

Is that it, Lee?

Yes, sir.

Oh, boy.

Is that good!

And milk.
Let's have some.

Fill 'em up.

I'm going to spoil
that beautiful

Dive in, ward,
before it's gone.

Just a minute.

There you are.

You can't get milk like that
from a sea cow.

Ahh... ambrosia.

Fill it up again.

Make it two.

Better get another
pitcher, Lee.

Yes, sir.

And watermelon?

Yes, sir.

Mr. Connors?

Telephone, sir.

Oh, boy.

That's the call
I've been waiting for.
Excuse me, ward.

Hello, darling.

I love you.

I love you.

I appreciate
that, Dewey.
Thanks very much.

Oh, captain Bryson.
I'm terribly sorry, sir.

I was expecting
another call.

So I gathered.

Dewey, how soon
can you leave
for Washington?

Don't tell me they're
going to transfer me.

Don't worry
about that.

The department
wants you to make
a personal report

and properly express
their appreciation.

When can you leave?

On the next plane,
sir, I suppose.

Very well.
I'll be right over.


Chief macdonnell.

What do you want?

Well, I was delivering
the captain's laundry.

Yours was ready,
so I brought it up.

Who told you
to come?


It was ready,
so I brought it.

All right.
Put it over there.

how'd you come out
on your physical?

What physical?

For your promotion
to warrant officer.

I decided
to turn it down.

Turn it down?

Sure. What do I want
with it?

More work,
more grief.

I'm satisfied
where I am.

I don't want
any promotion.

Maybe you'd rather
have a pension.

What do you mean,

Mac, it's none
of my business,

and it certainly isn't
up to me to give
you advice, but...

If I had
a weak heart...

What are you
talking about?

A man don't take
for dandruff.

Who told you?

I saw you
get the fit
on the ship.

I saw you take
the little pill.

It's no disgrace
to get sick.

Maybe if you
told a doctor,
he could fix you up...

And put me on the beach
for the rest of my life.

No, thanks.
I'm satisfied now.

I don't want
any promotion.

I don't want
any pension.

I know
what I want.

If you say anything,
you sneaking
stool pigeon...

Sit down, Oliver.
I'm sorry.

I can't understand
how you got by on
your last physical.

Oh, I didn't have
my first attack

until a couple
months ago.

I saw
a civilian doctor.

There'll be
a routine checkup
in three months.

But there'll be
one more cruise
before then.

You'll understand
when I tell you

I've never told
anybody else.

It was
in the last war...

My first
tour of duty
in a submarine,

and I wasn't sick.

I was pretending.

So they
left me ashore.

Was you afraid?

Ship never
came back.

She was sunk
in action.

All the crew
was lost.

All except me.

I was safe ashore.

Now do you see?


I see.

So you'll...

Keep your trap shut,
won't you?

Don't worry about me.

The way I see it,

nobody consults nobody
when he's born,

so they ought to
give him a little
leeway when he's...

I-i... I mean,
if he's...

Thanks, mate.

See you around, Mac.

Girls, I'll tell you
once again...

Pull the string back
with your three

trying to rest your thumb
against the...

Feet 15 inches apart

and your bodies
facing me squarely.

All right. Ready...



That was all right.

Let's try it once again.
Shall we?

And try to remember
your form.

All right. Aim...


Oh, many a shaft
at random spent

finds marks
the Archer never meant.


Girls, you can relax
just a moment.

I told you
to stay away.

Many a word
at random spoken

can soothe or wound
a heart that's broken.

Please leave.

Sir Walter Scott.

Do you want me
to lose my job?

I have a suggestion.

You want to
get rid of me?

Most decidedly.

Then have dinner
with me... just once.

I'll never see you again
unless you insist.

What do you say?

Is that final?

Who's this
coming along here?

Could it be
miss bromley?

She wouldn't want
to find me here.

What about tonight?

I've never met
a more unscrupulous man
with less principle.

What time should i
pick you up and where?

Outside the school.

Hello, miss bromley.

Taking your afternoon

Attention, girls.

We'll try it
once again.

# Don't sit under
the apple tree #

# with anyone else
but me #

# anyone else but me #

# anyone else
but me #

# no, no, no #

# don't sit
under... #

Would you mind telling me,

after riding
for three hours,

where we're going?

The best restaurant
in the state.

Yes, but what state?


I'd rather eat
in Connecticut.

We've already crossed
the state line.

We're almost there.

What sort of place
are you taking me to?

A roadhouse.

Is this it?


You're sure
this is the place?

It certainly is.

I've been here
dozens of times.

You'll love not only the food,
but the atmosphere...

The privacy.

We have to
ring the bell
to get in?

Of course.
It's very exclusive.

Mr. ward!

Good evening, sir.

Good evening.

So glad to see you.

I suppose
you're looking for...

Reservations. Yes.

I hope they're
taken care of.

Reservations, sir?

How's business?

Business, sir?

Last time,
you were jammed.

The war, I suppose.

Can't expect
business as usual.

Yes, sir.

Would you like a drink
or go to the bar?

Miss hewlitt,
i can explain.

I don't think so.

You mentioned
several times
this is a small world.

I never agreed
with you until now.

You're right.
It is small.

Too small
for both of us.

Just a minute...

Hi, stinky!

Hello, butch!

Come up here,
you old sea dog.

Give us a kiss.

Hello. How are you?

No, no, mother.
You don't know her.

Oh, a new one.


Why didn't you write?

The north Atlantic
has no letter boxes.

I thought of you.
That's why I'm here.

You're a liar.

You're here for
some ulterior motive.

Probably grub.

may I present
miss hewlitt?


How do you do?

Where'd you get
this one?

You were saying
something about
some grub.

I'll go
have a talk
with the cook.

He can pick 'em.

I beg your pardon?

You play gin rummy?

Well, I just learned...

A pigeon.
Come along.

Henry, dry Martinis.

This way to
the slaughterhouse.


Yes, he was very funny
as a kid.

There's been
a big change since then.

Ah. Midshipman.

It took all our influence

to keep him from being
thrown out of the academy.

I graduated
with honors.

I was among
the first six.

There was always
something very
queer about that.

He couldn't possibly
be as bad as you say...

Or as good as you say.

That was taken
the first day
of school.

I suggested
reform school.

They wouldn't
take my advice.

Aw, look at that.

A demon.

An imp of Satan
if ever
there was one.

If you don't
believe me,
look at that.

How adorable!

No, no. That's all
for tonight.

What a guy.

I'll never forget
his first time
in Europe.

There was a girl...

Miss hewlitt
is not interested

in your aimless

Besides, it's way past
your bedtime.

I get you,

Good night.

Good night.

You're okay.
The McCoy.

I approve of her

Come on, butch.
Go to bed.

Oh, stinky...
All right.

Give us a kiss.

watch out for him.

He'll charm
the shirt
off your back.

I know. I haven't
got a shirt left.

How do you like that?

Gin rummy
before dinner,

and she's monopolized
your whole evening
with that album.

I think
she's wonderful.

So sweet.

in her palmy days,
they do say...

She had
three husbands
that we know of.

Would you like
more coffee?

No, thanks.

It's getting
awfully late.

Oh, no, no.
Sit down.

We haven't been
alone all evening.

I've got to
talk to you.

I think...

Please. Sit down.

Have a cigarette.

No, thanks.


Where'd you get
this picture?

Clipped it
from the newspaper.

That uso party
the other night.

I'm starting a new album.

Now, just relax.

If I get out of line,
you can scream.

Butch will charge down.

Of course,
she's a little deaf.

I can scream
loud enough.

Yes, I'm sure of that.

I think it's time
that we came to
an understanding.

Just what do we mean
to each other?

I'll be quite honest.

When you bumped into me
in my berth...

In my berth.

Okay, your berth.

I thought you were
very stunning.

Yes, that's it.

And I was stunned
by you.

Of course,
my, uh, intentions
at that time...

You don't need to go
any further.

Thank you.

When I was away
on that cruise,

I thought of you
a lot.

Even under the sea
i thought of you.

And on the surface?

I thought how nice
it would be
if this girl,

this awfully swell girl
and I could, uh...

Could be friends.

That's all I ask, Jean.

Will you give me
your hand on it?

If I do,
how do I know

you won't throw me
over your shoulder?

I promise not to.

My friend, it's time
i take you home.

Thank you...

My friend.

Good morning.

Good morning.

Here you are at home,
safe and sound.

Are, um...
Are you wide awake?


Then listen.

We've been friends
long enough.

It's time we adjusted
our relationship.

We've either got to be
less than friends
or more than friends.


Do you know what this is?

It's your class ring.


Do you know
what it means

if I put this
on your finger?


Hello, miss bromley.

Taking your morning

Ah, it's a lovely day.

Loveliest day
of my life.


Well, this is what
i call service.

Do my eyes deceive me,
or is that another stripe?


So that's why they sent
for you in such a hurry.

Just a mere detail.

They really wanted
the dope on our run-in

with that
mine-laying q-boat.

They're pretty

They figure they
must have a secret
base somewhere.

where that was?

Do I? I was in
the rubber boat.

we're going out
that way again.

We're leaving

Let's get going.
Where to, commander?

Let's go
to my quarters
and split a bottle.

Yes, it was right around
there someplace.

Yeah. That's the area
we've had our greatest
shipping losses.

The only clue
is that q-boat we sunk.

It must have come from
the u-boat base.

Our job's to locate it
and, if possible, destroy it.

If possible?

It's not as easy
as you think, ward.

It's like a needle
in a haystack...

Pretty tough

That's why they
gave it to our best
submarine skipper.

Pipe down.

Help yourself
to milk, boy.

I'm practically
awash now.

Better store away
plenty of it, ward.

It's going to be
a long cruise.

Nice quarters
you have here,

Better than my diggings.

it's for rent.


Are you kidding?

After this cruise,

I'll be looking
for a house.

A house?

Yeah. You know
that new stripe
on my sleeve, ward?

That's more
than a stripe.

the marriage license.

Well, you old

You certainly can
serve in silence.


When does it happen?

This afternoon...
I hope.

That's her.

Beautiful, isn't she?

Swell gal, too.

She's waiting
at the officers
club now.

Say, wouldn't
you like...

I'd like to, Dewey,

but there's
some things
I've got to do.

Okay, ward.
I'll see you later.

Is Jean hewlitt here?

She's right
over there, sir.

what are you...

Would you come
out on the veranda?


You make your own
rules, don't you?


About stringing
a man along.

In fact, two men.

I just left
Dewey Connors.

Why didn't you tell me?

In the beginning...

I didn't think
it mattered.

And in the end,
it mattered
too much.

I thought it best
to tell him first.

And what about me?

I did
everything I could
to discourage you.

I didn't want to
continue seeing you.

You know that.

I certainly
didn't want to fall
in love with you.

But I did.

Dewey's coming here
to ask you to marry him.

And I'm waiting here
to tell him I can't.

You mustn't, Jean.

What would you
advise me to do?


Advise you to forget
everything I told you
last night.

It all comes under
the heading of...


Yes. That's it.

You made it sound
very convincing,

a whole lot more
convincing than what
you're saying now.

Oh, wong,

have you seen
miss Jean hewlitt?

She's on the veranda
with Mr. Stewart.

With who?

Lieutenant Stewart,

Well, thank you,

I'm very fond
of Dewey Connors,

but i
can't marry him

because i
don't love him.

I'm in love
with you.

If you
hadn't come along,

maybe I'd
have married Dewey,

but you
did come along.

We've got to
be honest with him.

got to tell him.

That won't be necessary.

D-Dewey, I...


What is it,
Mr. Stewart?

Before we
clear the channel,

something else
I'd like to clear.

I'm not interested.

All right.
Forget about me.

But you're not being
quite fair to her.

Personal affairs and feelings
have no place here.

When we get ashore,

I'll be glad
to take it up
with you...

Any way you like.

Very well, sir.

That inlet's
just like the last

and all the others...
Absolutely nothing.

Well, we better find
that secret base
pretty soon.

Their subs are doing
a lot of damage
to our ships.

Besides, we got just
about enough fuel oil left

to get back
to new London.

it's about time.

What am I,
a stepchild?

I'm sorry, chief.

Cream? You know
i never take cream
in coffee.

I know,

but I thought maybe
just for a change...

Mr. Stewart,

ship bearing 2-8.

All ahead 2/3.

Get all tubes
ready for firing.

Forward torpedo room.
Get all tubes
ready for firing.

Aft torpedo room.

Get all tubes
ready for firing.

Motor room answers
all ahead 2/3.

What's going on?
Why wasn't I called?

Tanker, sir.

I'm getting all tubes
ready for firing.

Belay that order.

We won't sink
that ship.

Our ships aren't
in this area.
That's an enemy craft.

That's why I'm not
sinking her now.

We've got to.
We'll lose her
in the dark.

Belay the orders,
Mr. Stewart.

Aye, aye, sir.

all tubes.

Secure all tubes.

Captain, what are
your plans, sir?

If that's an enemy ship,

it's operating
from an enemy base.

Ever play
follow the leader?

When they open
those submarine nets

to let that tanker by,

they'll be letting
us through too.

What about the mines?

The harbor's probably
full of them.

I know,
but if we stay close

to the propellers
of that tanker,

we've got
an excellent chance

of getting through
without getting
blown up.

Coming up slowly.

Speed 2 knots.

2 knots, sir.

Change lights
for night vision.

Aye, aye, sir.

Gee, chief,
i can't get used
to these red lights.

That's because
you never get out
of this hull.

Awful lot of help,

when you have to see
in the dark.

Forward torpedo room.

Aye, aye.

Stand by. Ready to go
through minefield.

Aft torpedo room.

Aye, aye.

Stand by.
Ready to go
through minefield.

Boy, I wonder
what would happen

if we ever hit
one of those mines.

I don't know, but here's
that five bucks I owe you.


Mine cable.

All right,
Mr. Stewart,

let's get on
with our course.

Holy mackerel.

Look at those
shore installations...

And that harbor
jammed with shipping.

Boy, that looks
like a grand slam.

All stop.

All stop, sir.

We're in.

Have all deck force
not on watch

muster in
the control room

Put her
on the bottom.

All auxiliaries proceed
through manifold.

Control room
all stop, sir.

flooding slowly,

Herr leutnant.

Wieviel ol
haben wir bis
jetzt behommen?

Ewoelfhundert liter,
herr kapitan.

Well, men,
this is the place
we've been looking for.

This is the base
they've been
operating from.

Now, here's our plan.

A landing party
will go ashore
to demolish the base.

We'll surface just enough
to let you men off.

Now, when you blow up
the ammunition dumps,

that will be my signal
to attack the shipping
in the harbor.

We'll be operating on
a split-second schedule.

30 minutes later,

the corsair
will be standing by

to take aboard those
of the landing party

who can get back.

30 minutes isn't much.

Make every minute

Mr. Stewart
will be in charge
of the landing party.

I'm not going to ask
for volunteers.

I'm going to ask
only the unmarried men
to raise their hands.

Take over,
Mr. Stewart.

Aye, aye, sir.

Come forward,

Oh, boy.

Get the back
of your neck too.

Ha ha ha ha!

so funny?

I'm the only
born commando here.

Mac, take charge
of the machine guns

and all
the demolition material.
Oliver will help.

Curly, you and Hammond
rig the rubber boat.

What are we
going to do, sir?

Give the Germans
a minstrel show?

them Tommy guns

and give them
a final check.

Are you ready?

Two or three
minutes, sir.

I'd like
to talk with you.


You know what
our chances are
of getting back.


Then you
can believe

that what
I'm going to say
is true.

It doesn't matter
what you think
of me,

but don't
feel bitterness
toward Jean.

She played square
with both of us.

I didn't know what
she meant to you.

If I had, I...

all that matters now

is that you believe

what I'm telling you
is true.

So long, Dewey.

Good luck.

Ease her up, brownie.

Come on, men.





Open the hatch.

30 minutes.

Aye, aye, sir.

Take her down, brownie.

What's it
look like,
Mr. Stewart?

If they don't see us
before we get there,

we stand
a pretty good chance.

From now on,
we're on our own.

Rizzie, we'll
take the oil tank.

When that goes,
it will be a signal

to blow up the rest.

Mac, take
the ammunition dump.

Take one man with you.

Aye, aye, sir.

Let's see...


Okay, Oliver,
let's go.

Hammond, you take
the gasoline drums.

Take these two men
and Johnson with you.

Aye, aye, sir.

That's it.

Give me
the tape.

Time them.

Well, what is it?

It takes them
about 70 seconds

to make the rounds,

I can make it.
Cover me.



Fire one.

Fire two.

Keep her down.

Stand by.

Fire five.

Fire six.

Drop your guns.
Mac, get these men
back to the boat.

Aye, aye, sir.

Get back
to the boat.

You've only got
five minutes.

What about...

Get going!

What are you
doing here?

I don't like crowds,

No more ammunition,

Come on. Let's go.

That was the chief,

Macdonnell, come on!

Okay, Mr. Stewart,
I'm coming!


Go ahead.
I'll be
right with you.

Where's macdonnell?

Can you
swim underwater?

No, but I'm
learning right now.

Mr. Stewart?

On shore
with Mac and Oliver.

We can't wait.
Stand by to dive.

Aye, aye, sir.

There they are, sir.

Hold it, brownie!

Give them a hand.

Where's macdonnell?

We won't have to
wait for him, sir.

Everybody below!

Get set, brownie.
We're going down.

The eyes are gone.
We'll have to stay
on the surface.

We're dead fish
if we do.

Let's go below.

Prepare to dive her,

don't dive her.

The captain's up
on the bridge.

Tell Mr. Stewart to
take her down to 30 feet.

I'll be your periscope
till we get out
of the harbor.

I'm not going to
dive her while
you're up...

Take her down 30 feet.

That's an order,
Mr. Stewart.

Aye, aye, sir.

Take her down
to 30 feet
and level off.

30 feet.

30 feet.

Hold her there.
Aye, aye, sir.

Are you all right,

I'm all right.

Steady as you go.

Steady as you go.

1-7-0, sir.

We're on 1-7-0, captain.

Are three and four
ready for firing?

Three and four ready?

Ready, sir.

Ready, captain.

Come right to 1-9-5.

Come right to 1-9-5.

On the course,

On the course,

Stand by.

Stand by.

Stand by.

Fire three.

Fire three.

Fire three.
Three fired, sir.

Well, what about four,

You can save it.

They won't need it.

Come back to 1-7-0.

Come back to 1-7-0.

to 1-7-0.

On the course,

On course, captain.

You're wet.
Slip this on.

Thanks, brownie.

All ahead full.

All ahead full.

All ahead full.
Motor room reports
all ahead full.

We're heading
for the net.

Brace yourself.
We're going to
crash the net.

Stand by.
We're crashing
the net.

We've cleared the net,
and we're on our way.

Pretty wet up here.
Bring me up a few feet.

Hold her at 25 feet.

25 feet.

We're hit topside.


Blow safety!
Get us up fast!
Come on, brownie.

Riley, follette,
come topside.

Come on, men.
Bear a hand.

Get him up
in a sitting

Easy does it.

Get the first-aid kit.
Give me a lift.

I've got him.

What is it, Jack?

It's only
a flesh wound, sir,
but it's pretty deep.

Hey, anybody
got a cigarette?

Here you are, captain.

You'd better paste
that back in, ward.

Gonna lose it.


Well, don't
stand there like
an undertaker.

Open the door.


Hey! Easy with the rice.

They're liable
to ration that soon.

my boy.

Thank you.

I told you.
Serves you right.

Oh, butch.


You don't
deserve her.

Uncle Bob,
i want you to know

my new
executive officer.

Here, here.
Look out.

He's another of them.

They're all wolves
in this family.

Uh, just
a minute.

Oh, stinky, leave
the poor girl alone.

I want to know
how he sold you
this bill of goods.

Well, you're back
not only with a broom
at the masthead,

but with a bride.

I'm certainly glad
you ordered me
to new London.

I take it you're now
a confirmed submarine man.

Well, sir,
yes and no.

You'd rather go back
to the pt boats?

Well, uh,
no and yes.

Can't you chart a little
more definite course?

I think so, sir.

The pt boats are swell.

They do a grand job,

and they'll play their part
in winning the war,

but not without
the submarines.

They've got their job to do
in all the seven seas,

and, boy,
how they're doing it.

And the carriers
that bring the planes

that drop the bombs
that sink the enemy ships.

And the cruisers that protect
the airplane carriers.

And the battleships...

The dreadnoughts
and super dreadnoughts...

The big shots
of the fleet.

They're in there
punching too.

They're all in there
doing their job,

working together.

I found that out, sir.

It isn't one branch
of the service.
It's all branches.

And it isn't all ships.
It's men.

The men behind the guns
of the pt boats,

the submarines,
and coast guard ships,

the mine layers
and tenders,

the tankers
and the troop ships.

The men
that take them out,

that fight their way over
and land them there.

That's the Navy...

The United States Navy.