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

- Evenin', doc.

- Hello, Rimfire.

Doesn't the navy ever

run out of potatoes?

This ship sure don't.

- Evenin', Doctor.

- Ellis. Johnny. Hot below.

Sure is. I'm gonna sleep

topside tonight.

Not for long. We're getting

the tail end of a storm in the midwatch.

A man can't plan much ahead

at all, can he?

Not much.

All right, break it up.

Make room for a workin' sailor.

Just keep workin', man.

You're lucky you don't get it

on your heads.

Come and get it, you hungry buzzards.

Here's another one.

Who's got a light?

Those sharks.

- Ain't they nasty things?

- They're just fish.

Corky, what do you think of the captain

they sent to take old Pinky's place?

I ain't supposed to think.

You know somethin'? He ain't left

his cabin since we left Trinidad.

What's he doing?

Playing acey-deucy by himself?

I'll tell you what he's doin'.

He's seasick!

That's what the navy's comin' to.

Seasick feather merchants

takin' the place of regular navy.

Man, I just hope this guy knows

port from starboard, that's all.

You know what I'd do if I was you,


I'd just put in for the skipper's job

if I was you.

All right. Did you have your laugh?

Well, now I'm gonna tell you somethin'.

The guy who walks that bridge

has got your neck in his hands,

and don't you forget it.

Thanks, Salvador.

- You've got us down 200, partner.

- Sorry, sir.

- Six spades.

- I thought I could do it, sir.

- Well, don't go off half-cocked again.

- No, sir.

- Any sign of the weather, doc?

- Filling up in the east.

Jolly, jolly. And I've got the watch.

- I pass.

- What? Haven't you got anything?

- Why don't you just look at his hand?

- Well, I have to help him along.

- I suppose I could try a heart, sir.

- He supposes he could try a heart, sir.

- Two clubs.

- Captain Murrell still holed up, doc?

- Far as I know.

- Three diamonds.

They might have sent us

a captain who had his sea legs.

I guess they do the best they can.

I don't see why they didn't move Ware up,

He's been exec long enough.

Mackeson, the only craft I ever commanded

was a yawl in the Miami yacht races.

The nearest I ever came to winning

was 29th.

The navy was desperate enough

to take me,

but not foolish enough

to let me sail away by myself.

- Beats me how I ever got this far.

- Money.

- I know you're rich.

- Don't be bitter, grandpa.

Your bid, Mackeson.

- Four spades.

- I'm not bitter. I just wanna go home.

When I've bought a ranch in Nevada,

I never expect to see water again.

- Ensign Merry?

- Sir?

Your bid.

- Careful.

- Yes, sir. I'm thinking about it.

- Your mouth's open, Ensign.

- Sir?

- Are you gonna bid?

- Six diamonds.

- Six diamonds?

- I'm just backing you up, sir.

You are deliberately

distracting my partner.

Pass and double.

All right, Mr. Merry. Dummy.

This Murrell seems like

a cold sort of a fish.

Captain Murrell oughtn't to be here at all.

He's as weak as a kitten.

A man who gets his ship torpedoed

and spends 25 days on a raft

in the North Atlantic

oughtn't to have to hit the ball again

with only a few weeks in the hospital.

I guess there aren't enough

commanding officers to go around.

Well, at least they gave him

an easy ship.

Boy, easy's no word for it.

Listen, he'll get more rest on this boat...

- Ship.

- Ship, boat. What's the difference?

He'll still get more rest here

than he would if he were in a feather bed.

Now, me, I'd like something

to happen once in a while.

If the navy ever gets a load of this crew

in battle, they'll send us back to boot camp.

I'll look ridiculous

with my head shaved.

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Wendell Mayes

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

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