Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Action in the North Atlantic (1943).

Action in the North Atlantic (1943). War film directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey as sailors in the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II.

When their ship is attacked by the Germans while traveling in the North Atlantic, Captain Steve vows retribution. Joe, Steve and their men are rescued and return home to wait for a new assignment. Steve's wife Sarah is glad to have him home, although she knows that he will soon be back to sea. Joe meets singer, Pearl O'Neill, whom he marries right before he is called back to duty. The men learn that their new ship, the Sea Witch , is to be part of a convoy bringing war supplies to the Soviet Union. They are soon attacked by German submarines. Steve comes up with a plan to lure the submarines away from the convoy, they cut the engines and maintain complete silence, hoping that the submarine's sound sensors will not be able to track them.

The captain of the submarine knows where the ship is headed and radios for help from air bombers. The airplanes begin in battle, during which Steve is wounded and many other sailors are killed. When the submarine torpedoes the ship, Joe, orders the men to start a fire, hoping to trick the submarine to the surface, where the ship's guns can hit them. After the submarine surfaces, Joe orders the ship to ram it, and the submarine is destroyed just before Russian airplanes fly out to meet them. One of the pilots keeps gunning his engine in short bursts. There are three short bursts followed by a long one. Which is the Morse code "V". "V for Victory.

I' m not really a big fan of war movies, but... I thought this was an exceptionally good action movie. Bogart fans won't be disappointed. Dane Clark, plays the hothead role with plenty of spark.

Fun Facts: Cameo: Robert Mitchum, has one line of dialogue in the movie in a very early role.

Ruth Gordon(October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985),  is best known for her film roles such as the neighbor in Rosemary's Baby, the eccentric Maude in Harold and Maude and as the mother of Orville Boggs in the Clint Eastwood film Every Which Way But Loose.

In addition to her acting career, Gordon wrote many well-known plays, film scripts and books.

Gordon won an Academy Award, an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards for her acting.


  1. This is one of Bogart's films that I haven't seen yet, sounds like it might be worth looking up.

  2. Hey Paul, I think you will enjoy watching it.


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