Stand by for Action

Synopsis: U. S. Navy Lieutenant Gregg Masterman (Robert Taylor), of THE Harvard and Boston Back Bay Mastermans, learned about the sea while winning silver cups sailing his yacht. He climbs swiftly in rank, and is now Junior Aide to Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas (Charles Laughton). In contrast,Lieutenant Commander Martin J. Roberts (Brian Donlevy), enlisted in World War I, and worked his way up gradually. He retired in 1935 but has been recalled as Executive Officer of the destroyer "Cranshaw." Impressed by Roberts' vigor, the rear admiral raises him to command of the destroyer "Warren,", an over-age World War I ship that has been recommissioned. Master laughs at Roberts' new command, only to have the Admiral assign him as the Executive Officer of the "Warren," under Roberts. The ship is to join a convoy which has already left Hawaii, bound for the United States. The Flagship of the convoy is the cruiser, "Chattanooga,' with Admiral Thomas in command. On the way, a lifeboat is sighted. From it are
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): Robert Z. Leonard
Production: Warner Home Video
109 min


Out of unsuspected skies,

a day of infamy dawned.

A nation at peace,

staggered by a treacherous blow.

Rallied and grimly gathered in

strength to fight for existence.

But in those early months,

the war was still far

off to most Americans.

Even amid the busy clatter

of a West Coast Navy yard,

many still found time to play.

- Fine. - A little off

your game, Commander.


match point coming up.

I can count!

Go ahead and serve.

Isn't that Lieutenant Masterman?

Yes. Lieutenant Masterman of the Harvard

and Boston, Back Bay Mastermans.

Where the Cabbots only

speak to the Lodges,

and the Lodges speak

only to the Mastermans.


Thank you.

- He's quite athletic?

- Hm?

I mean, very good, isn't he?

Well, I suppose it has

to come sooner or later.

You'd like to meet him,

of course?

- Oh... - I recognize the

symptoms, they all do.

- Hey Gregg!

- Hank!

Thought I left you moored in Washington.

When'd you drop anchor out here?

- Last night.

- Great. What's your duty?

- Destroyer.

- Serves you right.

Oh, pardon me, may I present

Lieutenant Gregg Masterman.

- Presently gracing the United

States Navy. - For the duration.

- Miss Susan Garrison, Miss Audrey Carr.

- How do you do?

Gregg and I put in three

of the loveliest afternoons

pushing each others

faces in the mud.

They called it Navy versus

Harvard on the program.

Aren't you in charge of the reception for the

Senate Naval Affairs Committee, Lieutenant?

- Why yes, I am. - Oh, Mr. Masterman,

anything we can do to help.

Well, the details are

practically all taken care of,

but the Admiral's Junior Aide doesn't

have any partner for the dance.

- Would you...

- I'd love to!

Lucky dog, Admiral's

Junior Aide. Who is he?

I am.

Say, why don't you sit down

and have a drink with us?

No, no thanks. I'm late

for office hours...

Old Iron Pants is running

the Navy by a clock.

- See you around, Hank.

- Right, Gregg.

Anything you want,

just let me know.

- Goodbye, ladies.

- Goodbye.

Any word from the

Commandant's office yet?

- Not yet, sir.

- Holy smoke.

I wonder if they realize how

long we've been tied up here.

Having a little trouble, sir?

A little? Plenty.

You don't happen to know Lieutenant

Masterman, the Admiral's Aide, do you?

- Why, yes. Very well.

- Is he still up at the club?

- No, he just left.

- About time.

- Something urgent?

- Urgent?

Only my ship here, the Crenshaw,

you can see what happened.

Just made it in here

yesterday morning,

nothing's being done to make

her ready for sea again.

What makes you think Masterman's

keeping your ship tied up?

The repair plans and estimates have

been on his desk since early yesterday.

There's a war on, you know?

Well, why don't you go

straight to the admiral?

He just loves to have people

come to him with their troubles.

I'm sure he'll straighten

you out in no time.

Go south! Go south!

Yes, yes...

Old Iron Pants sure has

a full head of steam up.

He sure has...

Yes, yes, I can hear you.

Yes, yes. Of course.

What's that?

The Warren? That hulk?

It didn't take an overhaul and

refitting job to put her in shipshape,

it took a miracle.

Why didn't you fellas build

some ships while you had time?

What? Hm?

You know, I'm trying to

get on with this job here.

Fine, fine.

Always glad to have one of

these friendly chats with you.


Resurrecting ships

from the graveyard...


Masterman, the Warren is to be

made ready for sea at once.


Where's Masterman?

You're not Masterman.

No sir,

Lieutenant Commander Roberts.

The Executive Officer

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