|OPERATION DISASTER (aka: MORNING DEPARTURE) (director: Roy Ward Baker; screenwriters: from the play by Ken Wooland/W.E. Fairchild; cinematographer: Desmond Dickinson; editor: Alan Osbiston; cast: John Mills (Lt. Cmdr. Armstrong), Nigel Patrick (Lt. Manson), Peter Hammond (Sub-Lt. Oakley), Richard Attenborough (Stoker Snipe), James Hayter (Able Seaman Higgins), Lana Morris (Rose Snipe), Andrew Crawford (Sub Lieutenant J McFee), Helen Cherry (Helen), Bernard Lee (Commander Gates); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jay Lewis; VCI Entertainment; 1950-UK)|
|"Tense stiff upper-lip rescue
story aboard a British submarine."
by Dennis Schwartz
Ward Baker ("Highly Dangerous"/"The
October Man"/"Don't Bother to Knock") effectively
directs this tense stiff upper-lip rescue story aboard
a British submarine. It's based on a play by Ken
Wooland and is written by W.E. Fairchild.
submarine, the Trojan, on a post-war routine cruise
hits a mine left over from the war and Lt. Cmdr.
Armstrong (John Mills) and eleven
other male crew members become trapped inside as the
sub sinks to the bottom. The catch is that only eight
can escape through the gun hatch. Four doomed crew
members must remain below with the damaged submarine.
After seven stressful days, where the crew's character
is tested and the varied reactions of the men are
noted, a salvage ship attempts to raise the sub during
a storm but fails to do so because a cable snaps. It
leaves us with a funeral ending for some of the crew.
REVIEWED ON 1/1/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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