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Tyrone Power made his last screen appearance before a three-year stretch in the Marines in this World War II drama. Lt. Ward Stewart Tyrone Power has served with distinction as the commander of a PT boat, so his uncle, Adm. Bob Stewart Minor Watson, gives him a new and more challenging assignment aboard a submarine. Before shipping out, Ward enjoys a night on the town, where he meets and romances a pretty schoolteacher, Jean Hewlett Anne Baxter. However, when Ward reports for duty, he discovers he'll be serving ...
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Tyrone Power made his last screen appearance before a three-year stretch in the Marines in this World War II drama. Lt. Ward Stewart Tyrone Power has served with distinction as the commander of a PT boat, so his uncle, Adm. Bob Stewart Minor Watson, gives him a new and more challenging assignment aboard a submarine. Before shipping out, Ward enjoys a night on the town, where he meets and romances a pretty schoolteacher, Jean Hewlett Anne Baxter. However, when Ward reports for duty, he discovers he'll be serving under Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors Dana Andrews, who happens to be Jean's boyfriend. On leave and on land, Ward and Dewey are soon caught up in a romantic rivalry, while on duty and under the water they must work together to ferret out Nazi U-boats. Crash Dive received an Academy Award nomination for the special effects work in the film's battle sequences.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Crash Dive is a thoroughly enjoyable submarine film, provided that one approaches it in the right frame of mind. That frame includes remembering that Crash was made during war time and as such will be regarded (justifiably) by modern audiences as propagandistic. That frame also means accepting that most of the story is merely an excuse to lead up to the climactic battle sequence, and that little of real substance occurs in all the back-and-forth-ing about Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews both being in love with Anne Baxter. Interestingly, there's more substance in sections involving minor characters, especially that played by Ben Carter. A black man, Carter's character is in the film for propaganda purposes, to acknowledge the contributions of African-Americans in the war effort. Being 1943, the film can't go all the way and give him a full-scale hero role or deal with some of the issues faced by servicemen of color, but it does treat the character with more respect than was usual for the time. There's also a moving interaction between Carter and James Gleason. Of the leads, Baxter is a little inexperienced but does well, and Power and Andrews use their skills and personas to good effect. And once the film moves into action gear, it delivers the goods in a big way. The special effects will seem dated to some, but they are exceptional for the period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1994
  • UPC: 086162854132
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Lt. Ward Stewart
Anne Baxter Jean Hewlett
Dana Andrews Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors
James Gleason McDonnell
Dame May Whitty Grandmother
Harry Morgan Brownie
Henry Morgan Brownie
Ben Carter Oliver Cromwell Jones
Charles Tannen Hammond
Frank Conroy Capt. Bryson
John Archer Curly
George Holmes Crew Member
Minor Watson (Adm. Bob Stewart)
Kathleen Howard Miss Bromley
David Bacon Lieutenant
Stanley Andrews Captain
Paul E. Burns Clerk
Gene Rizzi Seaman Rizzi
Frank Dawson Henry the Butler
Chester Gan Lee Wong
Charles Grapewin
Thurston Hall Senator from Texas
Florence Lake Doris
Trudy Marshall Telephone Operator
Leila McIntyre Senator's Wife
Edward McWade Crony
Hans Moebus German Officer
Lionel Royce German U-Boat Commander
Cecil Weston Woman
Bruce Wong Waiter
Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
David Buttolph Score Composer
Ray F. Curtiss Editor
Richard Day Art Director
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Wiard Ihnen Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Sersen Set Decoration/Design, Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Leon Shanny Cinematographer
Milton Sperling Producer
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
Walter Thompson Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All action and romance - Crash Dive delivers!

    'Crash Dive,' a melodramatic lover's triangle between naval heroes (Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews) and the girl they both love (Anne Baxter), is one of those standard war flicks made at the height of conflict (1943). Remarkably, it continues to stir up patriotism and lift the spirits, despite a somewhat heavy handed script and some truncated bits of romance that seem to be inserts into an otherwise straight forward and compelling adventure movie. Powers is a reluctant executive officer aboard a submarine. His relationship with his new captain (Andrews) becomes strained after he realizes that they are in love with the same woman. All this is background fodder for the real plot - a mid-Atlantic ambush of a secret German island and its Nazi military base. Filmed on location, Leon Shamroy's lush Technicolor photography is the real star of 'Crash Dive' and although the film has dated considerably, there's still enough gleam in the original negative to compel the viewer onward. Colors are rich and for the most part, nicely balanced. Occasionally there are scenes in which the color scheme becomes unstable or flickers. There is also an abundance of age related artifacts that detract from the overall visual presentation. Black and contrast levels are generally solid. There's a slight haze over some of the scenes as well. Digital anomalies are not an issue on this disc. The audio has been cleaned up and is nicely presented. If you're a cinema war junky, then 'Crash Dive' will suit you tastes. But it does not represent the best of genre by any means. The DVD's middle of the road picture quality is a let down.

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