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Pirate Submarine (1951)

Casabianca (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | 13 July 1952 (USA)
In November of 1942, the French submarine, the "Casabianca,", escapes from German-held Toulon, and, upon joining the Free French forces at Algiers, is sent on a secret mission to Corsica to... See full summary »


Georges Péclet


Le Commandant Jean L'Herminier (log of the "Casabianca"), Jeanne Saintenoy (screenplay and dialogue) (as Jane-Edith Saintenoy) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Pierre Dudan Pierre Dudan ... Sgt. Tony Luccioni
Gérard Landry Gérard Landry ... Lt. Delac
Jean Vilmont Jean Vilmont ... Chief Engineer Marac
Alain Terrane Alain Terrane ... 'Mistral', tall sailor
Jean Vilar Jean Vilar ... Submarine Commandant Jean L'Herminier
Paulette Andrieux ... Maria
Michel Vadet Michel Vadet ... Captain Le Gallec
Alan Adair Alan Adair ... Lt. Dudley
Paul Mesnier Paul Mesnier ... Admiral
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Marchand Johnny Marchand ... Landau
Louis Marnay Louis Marnay


In November of 1942, the French submarine, the "Casabianca,", escapes from German-held Toulon, and, upon joining the Free French forces at Algiers, is sent on a secret mission to Corsica to take two secret-service agents to make contact with the underground there. The agents contact the Marquis resistance forces, and learn they are ready to revolt but lack the needed arms and ammunition. The submarine is sent back to Corscia with the necessary weapons for the resistance-fighters, and also returns with trained troops to assist the resistance forces in attacking the Germans. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | War


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French | English

Release Date:

13 July 1952 (USA) See more »

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Pirate Submarine See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Alan Adair's first film. See more »

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True heroes,but a mediocre movie.
27 September 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Based on the true story written by lieutenant commander Jean Lherminier (portrayed by Jean Vilar in the film) ,the director was not really up to the task.Sometimes close to documentary ,the film suffers from a weak script, including a conventional love affair subplot;except for Jean Vilar and Gérard Landry ,acting is third-rate .The best moments are to be found in the submarine,where one can feel camaraderie.Some people laughed at the presence of the dog but dogs were actually used in submarines,to detect carbon dioxyde and noxious gas.People gathering for the uprising, coming from every part of the island to the tune of Anna Marly's famous "Chant Du Partisan' is also enthusing .

Although suffering from thrombosis , Lherminier refused to be hospitalized before his misssion was completed ,and had both legs amputated;his sister Jeanne was also a heroine, a resistant fighter who was sent to a concentration camp ,but fortunately survived.

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