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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:07 PM

Now a days, we are use to reality being a part of film (all be it "reality" is often times created in a computer)but I was amazed by the battle scenes in this very interesting WW1 submarine war story. I've seen several WW11 pictures about from Das Boot to Operation Petticoat (ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES!!) but I'm truly amazed by the shots of full sized warships being sunk and it is obviously NOT old war footage. The camera going underwater as the sub dives, which was nearly as cool as the same shots in Ice Station Zebra were.

They seem to have been using an actual US WW1 sub for at least the exterior sequences. It also looked like they took a few chances with the cast as there were scenes where the the sub's deck was awash and the cast scrambled into the hatch, which HAD to be dangerous. What is so incredible was this is 1933, just 5 years after the introduction of sound. The movie has, as many of the films of the time, a real melodramatic plot but it is really worth seeing if you haven't yet. B)

Edited by James Steven Beverly, 29 May 2011 - 07:08 PM.

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