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We Dive at Dawn (1943)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 28 June 1943 (UK)
All leave is cancelled so that a British submarine can be sent after a new German warship. They chase it so far that they have no fuel to get home.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

J.B. Williams (story), Val Valentine (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Mills ... Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.
Louis Bradfield Louis Bradfield ... First Officer - Lt. Brace, R.N.R.
Ronald Millar Ronald Millar ... Third Officer - Lt. Johnson, RNVR
Jack Watling ... Navigating Officer - Lt. Gordon, R.N.
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Coxwain - C / P.O. Dabbs
Caven Watson Caven Watson ... Chief Engine Room Artificer - C / P.O. Duncan
Niall MacGinnis ... Torpedo Gunner's Mate - C / P.O. Mike Corrigan
Eric Portman ... On Hydrophones - L / S. Hobson
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Leading Torpedo Operator - L / S Tug Wilson
Norman Williams Norman Williams ... Periscope Operator - 'Canada'
Lionel Grose Lionel Grose ... Torpedo Operator - 'Spud'
David Peel ... Helmsman - 'Oxford'
Philip Godfrey Philip Godfrey ... Steward - 'Flunkey'
Robert Wilton Jnr Robert Wilton Jnr ... Cook - 'Pincher' (as Robert Wilton)
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Storyline

The crew of submarine H.M.S. Sea Tiger have their leave (and assorted family problems) cut short when they are recalled for a special mission: sink the new German battleship Brandenburg. En route, they learn that their target has entered the heavily defended Baltic. Rather than fail, they follow it. Tension builds as they approach their target. After the attempt, escape seems impossible, unless they can refuel in enemy waters. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Stark drama ashore THAT MATCHES THEIR THRILLS IN THE DEEP! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

28 June 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mergulhamos ao Amanhecer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Germany built four Brandenburg-class battleships, but none of them ever saw service during World War II. See more »

Goofs

The Feldwebel has a German uniform, but British signs of his grade on the arms. A German NCO has signs on the shoulder, not on the arms, and not this kind of sign. See more »

Quotes

Admiral: [Referring to Taylor's womanizing] By the way, wo are you seeing this leave? Your "Aunt Margaret" again?
Lt. Freddie Taylor: [the admral chuckles knowingly and Taylor smiles] I can't risk it, sir. Her husband's on leave.
[They both laugh as they walk in different directions]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: H. M. S. "Sea Tiger" See more »

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Referenced in I See a Dark Stranger (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(a.k.a. "Here Comes the Bride" and "The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited) (1850)
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Louis Levy
Heard on piano at Mike Corrigan's aborted wedding
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Well-Shot Wartime Action Movie
15 August 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Anthony Asquith's wartime action film is surprisingly good, given the constraints under which it was made. The battle sequences are well staged, with stock footage intercut with interior sequences taking place in the submarine. Asquith captures the claustrophobic life of the crew at sea, with each man trying to live as best they can under highly cramped conditions, while remaining loyal to their captain, Lt. Taylor (John Mills). Everyone accepts that death might occur at any time, yet they try their best to extricate themselves from a difficult situation, after trying to torpedo a German battleship, the Brandenburg. WE DIVE AT DAWN is an interesting example of a wartime propaganda film in which every social class is represented, from the upper class officer Lt. Gordon (Jack Watling), to the no-nonsense working class L/S Hobson (Eric Portman), who believes that his wife Alice (Josephine Wilson) has left him for the local fish-and-chip shop owner. Once aboard the submarine, however, social divisions are forgotten: everyone is committed to the cause of destroying the battleship and returning home safely. This message of all people pulling together was one of the most familiar refrains of World War II, both on the home and the battle fronts. In the end the crew succeed in their task, but not without a daring raid on a Danish port in order to purloin some fuel oil, which they achieve in the face of spirited resistance from the Germans. It is chiefly due to Hobson's resourcefulness that the crew succeeds. WE DIVE AT DAWN might seem a little antiquated now, its social attitudes redolent of a bygone age, but it still stands up as an effective piece of wartime propaganda.


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