The Enemy Below

Synopsis: During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander.
Director(s): Dick Powell
Production: Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

It's got some power, but it's

too small a spook to be a heavy vessel.

It might be a fishing smack, or it

might be the conning tower of a sub, sir.

- Bridge. Lieutenant Ware.

- Mr. Ware.

We're about to lose radar contact

at the rate we're going.

Reduce speed to speed of target

and get on its tail.

At this distance,

we'll make visual contact at daybreak.

- Shall I shake the ship out for a standby?

- Not much shaking out to be done.

But ready underwater search gear.

If this spook is a U-boat,

he might pull the plug,

and we'll have to go after him.

- Who's the senior radarman, Andrews?

- That's me, sir.

You track the target.

Any turn or change in speed,

no matter how small, don't miss it.

I'll stick on him,

don't you worry, Captain.

All right, I won't.

If anybody's gonna be caught

with his pants down, it oughtn't to be us.

Seems like he knows his business, to me.

Feather merchant,

that's all I got to say.

Signal is to stern,

Herr Kapitn. 8,000 meters.

It's either a ship or a false echo.

You've lost it.

It comes and goes.

The sea return makes it difficult

to keep the image.

There, Kapitn. There it comes.

Port 20 degrees, Schwaffer.

- Target's course changing to port.

- Target's turning left, Captain.

25... 20 degrees.

Maintain your present speed.

Steady as you go.

May I ask what your procedure is, sir?

If this is an enemy ship,

our signal may be on his oscillator

and he's trying to feel us out -

make a couple of turns,

see if we change position.

If we can hold

an unchanging position behind him,

he may mistake us

for a ghost echo on these heavy seas.

- The signal does not change, Herr Kapitn.

- Starboard 40 degrees.

- Target's turning sharp starboard, sir.

- Can you estimate the degree, Andrews?

- 40... 45 degrees, Captain.

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Wendell Mayes

Wendell Curran Mayes (July 21, 1919 – March 28, 1992) was a Hollywood screenwriter. more…

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