Action in the North Atlantic

Synopsis: Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk. After German subs crushed the convoy his ship loses the convoy and is heading alone to Murmansk. In spite of attacks by German planes and subs he get the ship safely to Murmansk...
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Production: Warner Home Video
126 min

with a dunce cap.

Leave it open, sweetheart.

When I got it off Hatteras,

six guys was caught in the fo'c'sle

'cause the door buckled

and they couldn't bust her loose.

- Sorry.

- Hey, deal me in.

How did a Kansas hay- shaker like that

ever happen to go to sea?

Why does anybody ever go to sea?

Why does anybody go to...

Now, to be out here

in a rust- pot full of high- test gasoline,

a guy has to be muscle- bound

between the ears.

If a torpedo ever connected with this ship,

we'd go up like a match lighted

to cellophane. You ain't got a chance.

Boom. And you're in the hero department,

just like that.

And the next thing you know, you're

picking the Milky Way out of your ears.

- Okay. Okay. So what?

- What do you mean, okay?

Now, wait a minute.

I think you got the wrong angle.

The way I see it, if your ship's number

is up, you're gonna get it.

Yeah? And suppose my number ain't up?

Then, brother, torpedoes can connect

right where you're sitting,

and still nothing'll happen.

Well, I want no torpedoes where

I'm sitting. I'm a sensitive man, I am.

Oh, what do you know about it, anyway?

You carpenters,

you got sawdust for brains.


I was shipping out

when your buttons were safety pins.

I was in a tanker in the last war.

I got torpedoed so much,

I got water on the knee.

What made you ship out again?

Well, for years, I had my own business.

I got my own house, too.

Got a little money put away.

Then what're you doing out here

in this floating junk pile?

Well, I want to keep my business

and my house,

and I figure this is a smart way to do it.

We didn't ask for this war.

I know I didn't. None of us did.

- And now all of us are in it.

- Sure, sure.

With you in the war,

we got nothing to worry about.

- It's an open and shut proposition.

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John Howard Lawson

John Howard Lawson (September 25, 1894 – August 11, 1977) was an American writer. He was for several years head of the Hollywood division of the Communist Party USA. He was also the organization's cultural manager and answered directly to V.J. Jerome, the Party's New York-based cultural chief. He was the first president of the Writers Guild of America, West after the Screen Writers Guild divided into two regional organizations. Lawson was one of the Hollywood Ten, the first group of American film industry professionals to be blacklisted during the 1950s McCarthy era. more…

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