1950s Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)

Published on March 24th, 2007 | by Chris

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Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)


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Starring legends Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, 1958's "Run Silent, Run Deep" is a typical World War II Submarine adventure.

Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)Starring legends Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, 1958's "Run Silent, Run Deep" is a typical World War II Submarine adventure.

What makes this one not so typical though, is the incredible tension and suspense that happens on board the sub, the USS Nerka. Capt. Richardson (Gable) has been sidelined after being sunk in the Pacific by the Japanese once already. Capt. Bledsoe (Lancaster) is the upcoming officer who is given XO status on board Richardson's new command.

However, Richardson has a different agenda, namely revenge against the Japanese destroyer who sunk him and three others in the same section of sea. Of course he doesn't come right out and say it, which brings suspicion and doubt for the rest of the crew.

In the end, Richardson suffers a nasty head injury, which proves to be his downfall. Before that he saves the day by figuring out the mystery which had proved so elusive to the four previous victims.

The acting of course is superb with this cast, which also includes Jack Warden and Don Rickles(!) The effects consist mostly of models it would seem, but its not that badly done. Most of the film takes place below decks or on the bridge anyway, so its not a big detraction.

This is one of those classics that will continue to surprise folks like me who really weren't expecting all that much. Be sure to put this on your "to watch" list.

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A movie's lasting value can often be measured by its influence in the years and decades following its original release, and on that basis Run Silent, Run Deep is certainly a classic of sorts. It remains one of the seminal World War II submarine pictures, and its intelligent script and tautly executed action are clearly echoed in such later submarine dramas as Das Boot and especially Crimson Tide, which borrows liberally from this 1958 film...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: GABLE/LANCASTER
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Clark Gable
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Jack Warden
  • Brad Dexter
  • Don Rickles

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 great stars, 1 great war film, July 19, 2009
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The DVD transfer from MGM is very good. It is sharp with no defects and fine detail. Black and White wide screen

This is a very taunt movie that will keep you hung on the screen. Director Robert Wise's vision and outstanding ensemble cast acting makes this one of the best war films on record. The cinematography puts the viewer inside the sub. You'll feel like one of the crew.

Clark Gable stars as the "Rich Richardson", commander of the first sub sunk in the Bongo Straights. Since then, 3 more U.S. sub sent into the area have been destroyed. Rich spends a year behind a desk until he is given command of different boat, the U.S.S. Nerka. The crew had expected executive officer, Lt. Jim Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster) to assume command. This sets the initial conflict between the two determined men.

Relentless drills prepare the crew for a little used tactic called a bow shot. The drills prove successful on the subs first encounter with a tanker and a... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, May 15, 2017
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I enjoyed watching this old movie. Had not seen it in many many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 21, 2017
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DVD in Perfect Condition. Good quality pictures.
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Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) Chris

Summary: Starring legends Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, 1958's "Run Silent, Run Deep" is a typical World War II Submarine adventure.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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