Operation Pacific

Synopsis: The submarine USS Thunderfish successfully completes a secret mission to rescue a group of orphans on a remote Pacific island. On the way back to Honolulu they encounter a Japanese aircraft carrier but the torpedoes they fire explode about halfway to the target, a recurring problem that has plagued the submarine fleet for some time. The Thunderfish's XO, Duke Gifford runs into his ex-wife and Navy nurse Mary Stuart at the hospital. There's still a spark between them but the boat is sent out on another mission before anything is resolved. When Gifford's good friend and captain, Pop Perry, is killed Gifford believe it's his fault. A inquiry clears him and after he and his men solve the problem of the misfiring torpedoes, they set out to sea.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): George Waggner
111 min

I hope they get here before daylight.

-Sure glad to see you, sir.

-Here's what held us up.

A baby. Gee, he's red.

All new babies are red.

Sister Anna, Sister Felicia,

this is Mr. Caldwell.

We have a couple of life rafts.

We'll get you all aboard the Thunder.

If you'll just step this way.

If you'll go with Mr. Caldwell

and three children with you, please.

And the other sister,

will you come with me, please?

You know Jonesy, sir.

Yes, I know Jonesy.

And I'll give him about one more minute.

-What have you got there?

-It's a baby, Captain.

A baby?

-Where is Commander Gifford?

-He's in the next boat, Captain.

-What have you got there?

-Souvenir, sir.

-You were ordered to avoid trouble.

-It wasn't any trouble, sir.

Natural causes. He tripped over me.

I couldn't leave him.

You said not to let the Japs

know we were here.

This fellow's breathing.

Stuff him under a tree where he'll be quiet,

and let's get out of here.

Aye, aye, sir.

All ahead. Standard.

Pile it in there, Cookie.

These kids look mighty hungry.

Tell them they can have

all the seconds they want.

-Sure you do.

-Be sure to blow on it, it's pretty hot.

He ran for the tree,

see, the fox was right behind him.

So he goes up the tree....


He comes running around

trying to signal somebody--

Go ahead, eat up. Go on.

Bless this boat and crew, O Lord...

and the gifts that we are about to receive

through thy bounty.


-Landing party report?

-Yes, sir. I hope I got everything in there.

-Should be. Five pages.

-You think the captain will like it?

I'm sure he will.

I can tell you exactly what he'll say

in his patrol report.

-What, sir?

-"Special mission accomplished."

Yes, sir.

Children, come on, be quiet.


Pass the word. Main induction closed.

Flood negative.

Release air.

Clean board.

Position the boat.

Hold at periscope depth.

Radar report.

Several targets.

Bearing, 047 degrees, true.

-Distance to center formation.

-26,000 yards.

Left ship in formation,

bearing 040 degrees.

All ahead, full.

-Steady on course, 320.

-All on course, steady on course, 320.

-Commence supply.

-Aye, aye, sir.

Up scope.

Mark 358.


-Mark 2,200.

A carrier.


It's a jackpot, sir.

-We can fire any time, sir.

-Standby to fire all tubes.


Watch those children. Grab that kid!

Here, sonny. Sister Anna...

-better get these kids out of here.

-Number one, fired.

Number two, fired.

Torpedoes exploded halfway to the target.

Mr. Caldwell, take over.

-We better get these children out of here.

-Take her down fast.

Hurry it up.

Don't let the big bad destroyer get you.

Rig for depth charge.

Rig for silent running.

Hang on, Sister Anna,

it may get a little sticky.

Don't mind that, kids.

Take a look at Butch.

After five special missions,

we line up a submariner's dream...

and what happens?

Torpedoes explode halfway to the target.

Take over, Duke.

No power on diving rudders.

Shift to hand-power.

Hard dive. Overhead flow. Level her off.

Leak in forward torpedo room.

-Is there anything we can do?

-Just spit teeth and cuss.

-Sorry, Sister. Didn't see you.

-That's all right. Go ahead. I'll spit teeth.


Listens like he kept right on

going after the convoy.

No more propellers. He's gone.


They must have rolled that one

off a sailboat.

Sister, how did you--

Remind me to write a letter

to the builders of this boat.

Aye, aye, sir. What did you want to say?

"Dear builders...


-What's for chow, Cookie?

-Creamed rubber gloves.

-Creamed what?

-Rubber gloves.

There's a rubber glove in one pan,

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George Waggner

George Waggner (September 7, 1894 – December 11, 1984) was an actor, director, producer and writer. He is best known for directing Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1941 film The Wolf Man. more…

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