Frank Capra

Supervisione: Irvin Willat. S.: Norman Springer. Adattamento: Winifred Dunn. M.: Arthur Roberts. F.: Joe Walker. In.: Jack Holt (Jack Dorgan), Ralph Graves (Bob Mason), Clarence Burton (il comandante), Arthur Rankin, Dorothy Revier. P.: Columbia. 35mm.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Submarine was shot as a silent film, but distributed with a soundtrack with sound effects and noises. This copy, which was restored by the Nederlands Filmmuseum, will be presented with a musical accompaniment that includes a live performance of sound effects on the “Pandemonium”. Columbia and U.S. Navy got together in a big way on this one, with the result that Columbia obtained at small cost a good box-office picture and the Navy got across valuable propaganda for itself. The picture refers specifically to the illfated S-44, rammed and sunk by a cruiser during maneuvers a few years ago in California waters. […] Without entering the controversial aspects of the tragedies, Submarine presents to the public the navy’s side. Use of the S-44 was not entirely good judgement, either as story-telling or as propaganda. The S-44 did not end happily and heroically in real life, as in the film. […] Submarine is a strong and stirring picture. […] Man’s fight with the forces of nature is always dramatic and the frantic efforts of the Navy to get an air line down to the slowly-asphixiating crew of the S-44 makes natural drama. The undersea photography is excellent with no suggestions of laboratory faking to break the thread of illusion. Submarine has novelty, suspense and the imprint, valid or not, of authenticity. (Variety, 9/5/1928

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