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Morning Departure (1950)

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

William Fairchild (screenplay) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), Kenneth Woollard (based on the stage play of the same name by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Lieut. Commander Armstrong
Nigel Patrick ... Lieut. Manson
Peter Hammond ... Sub Lieut. Oakley
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Sub Lieut. (E) J. McFee
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... C.P.O. Barlow
George Cole ... E.R.A. Marks
Victor Maddern ... Leading Telegraphist Hillbrook
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Leading Seaman Andrews
Frank Coburn Frank Coburn ... Leading Seaman Brough
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Leading Seaman Kelly
James Hayter ... Able Seaman Higgins
Wylie Watson ... Able Seaman Nobby Clarke
Richard Attenborough ... Stoker Snipe
George Thorpe George Thorpe ... Capt. Fenton
Bernard Lee ... Commander Gates
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Storyline

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

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Taglines:

THRILLING SEA DRAMA! (ad for "Operation Disaster" - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1950 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nacht begann am Morgen See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie features Wylie Watson (Able Seaman Nobby Clarke), who played Memory in The 39 Steps (1935). Also, James Hayter (Able Seaman Higgins), who played Mr. Memory in The 39 Steps (1959). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the destroyers are first seen searching for the Trojan, the pennant letters on the side of one of the destroyers are seen in reverse. See more »

Quotes

Helen Armstong: Why does the Navy insist on doing everything at the crack of dawn? The sea's there all day.
Lieutenant Commander Armstrong: It impresses the taxpayers.
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An accurate portrayal of courageous men
6 May 2009 | by susmant5-1See all my reviews

I first saw this movie at the time of its original release, & it has remained in my memory quite indelibly. Particularly as one of your submissions referred to the sinking of an actual British submarine at the time of the release of "morning departure". HMS "Truculent" was the name of that submarine & the nation was very somber, but I believe the the movie realistically brought home to the public what these submariners went through. My father had served in the Royal Navy during WWII on Destoyers & had his ship sunk under him while in the Mediterranean. So I appreciated the fine acting & portrayal of the courage of the men in the Royal Navy. John Mills always epitomized the character of the rolls he took & this was one of his best for me, except for maybe Scott of the Antartic, but that's another story.


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