1940s Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Published on April 6th, 2007 | by Chris

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Action in the North Atlantic (1943)


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Definitely worth a viewing, if nothing else as a history lesson into one of the more obscure aspects of the war.

Action in the North Atlantic (1943)1943's Action in the North Atlantic is quite frankly an enjoyable bit of film, and is one of the few WWII films to focus on the efforts of the civilian merchant marine fleet which brought much-need supplies to Allied troops all over the world.

Sure it's a period "propaganda" film. That much is almost expected. And at times the "prop" comes across as pure aged-cheddar cheese, especially the closing lines of the film. But as I say a lot, context is everything, and folks ate it up.

Humphrey Bogart pulls off another "40's Ahnold" role as the stoic but still-vulnerable first mate, and Raymond Massey's Captain is a role-model character. The rest of the crew delivers equally, providing a lot of humor, a great bit of which was probably pretty risque back in the day.

The mechanics of the fleet convoy are illustrated well, as is the entire operation. We get to see the role of the folks "on the homefront" as well, and how the merchant marines were needed just as badly as our uniformed boys... and missed just as much.

The action is pretty good at points, although I think their German translators needed a bit more schooling! ๐Ÿ™‚ Parts of the U-boat scenes came across pretty funny.

Definitely worth a viewing, if nothing else as a history lesson into one of the more obscure aspects of the war.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Merchant Marines during World War II. Enjoyed it., December 1, 2015
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Interesting and enjoyable movie about Merchant Marines during World War II. Showing that we were allied with Russia and the excitement shown when the ship makes port in Murmansk reflects what attitudes were like during the great war. Nazi Germany was such a threat and hated nation that anyone who made war against them was a beloved ally. As with most of the war-time movies there is always a few lighthearted fellows that are beyond cheesy but were perhaps needed because of how grim the situations were and it seems as if Alan Hale is in all of them playing the same role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We owe so very much to the Merchannt Marines of World War II, July 27, 2014
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This is the World War II movie that was so real to life it became a Merchant Marine training film. While it is action packed it covers ever aspect of what the men in the service of getting supplies where they were needed had to go through. This movie has some of the best actors of the time and they were at the top of their acting. Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Dick Clark and several others made this the true story of what our Merchant Marines went through to keep the Allied forces going bringing them the much needed supplies needed to fight the evil of that time. We owe a great deal to the men of the Merchant Marines of World War II and this movie tells their story in great detail. They fought the U-boats and Luftwaffe and won. This was truly a great time in our history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars but better than average when compared to many of its contemporaries, August 1, 2015
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Typical 1940's production standards and style, but better than average when compared to many of its contemporaries. The acting is good, the dialog and drama is a little bit 1940's hoaky/propgandistic only in a few places; and, of course, Hollywood figured out a way to inject a little romance into a picture of men isolated at sea. I did not feel that I had wasted 90 minutes of my time by watching it.
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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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