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The Navy Comes Through (1942)

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    The Navy Comes Through (1942) Academy Award nomination: Best Special Effects A story about the brave men of the Merchant Marines and the Navy s Armed Guards
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 5, 2010
    

    The Navy Comes Through (1942)

    Academy Award nomination: Best Special Effects
     
    A story about the brave men of the Merchant Marines and the Navy's Armed Guards during the early days of World War II. Shown on Turner Classic Movies early this morning as part of the series 31 Days of Oscar.
     
    I tried to find a good synopsis of this film on the internet with little success. I rate this movie right up there with Action in the North Atlantic (1943). You felt you were right there as a member of the crew in the North Atlantic as the ship escapes detection by a German raider in the fog, deals with two German attack aircraft, then captures a German freighter carrying torpedoes. The captured German freighter with some of the Armed Guard and merchant seamen as crew then blows up some U-boats arriving to resupply with the freighter. They reload each of the U-boats with torpedoes with a time delay fuse installed.
     
    The engine room scene was great. Big crankshaft and connecting rods coming to rest as the ship comes to a dead stop to silence the engine and propeller noise. Isn't there a phrase, "Maintain silence about ship?" Wouldn't the auxiliary engines have stopped as well? The ship's interior lighting was still on.
     
    The gun crews from the US ship operate the German guns aboard just and well as the American ones on their former ship and take out one more sub who's captain recognized something wasn't right with the Irish looking Pat O'Brien in the roll of the skipper on the resupply ship. Tense adventure all along and the action scenes must have earned it the Academy Award nomination.
     
    Maybe one of you could identify the mounted anti-aircraft guns in the ship's turrets. They were water jacketed and had handlebars like a motorcycle of the 30s. I couldn't identify the German planes either - seemed to carry small bombs but not torpedoes; their guns were a-blazin' with every pass till they were taken out by the gun crews.
     
    I did find this on the net:
     
    A combat picture was virtually a license to print money in 1942, and RKO Radio's The Navy Comes Through was no exception (net profit: $542,000). Most of the film takes place on the ramshackle old merchant-marine freighter, skippered by Captain McCall (Ray Collins). The captain and his stalwart crew-the most stalwart of which are Mallory (Pat O'Brien), Sands (George Murphy), Babe (Jackie Cooper), Tarriba (Desi Arnaz) and Berringer (Max Baer Sr.)-keep busy by blowing Nazi bombers and U-boats to smithereens. The crewmen cap their accomplishments by capturing a Nazi supply ship and using it against its own navy. The easily forgettable romantic subplot concerns Sands' on-and-off relationship with Myra (Jane Wyatt). The Navy Comes Through was inspired by Borden Chase's serialized Saturday Evening Post story "Pay to Learn". - Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
     
    Previous posts on Merchant Marine Films:
     
    Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
     
    Can you recall other Merchant Marine films?
     
    Phelps
  • capt.ob@comcast.net
    Long Voyage Home and The Cruel Sea were good WW II Merchant Marine movies.. .Kerry ... From: Pacific Merchant Marine Council To: PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com
    Message 2 of 2 , Feb 7, 2010
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      "Long Voyage Home" and "The Cruel Sea" were  good WW II Merchant Marine movies.
      Kerry
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