Action in the North Atlantic

Action in the North Atlantic

Director: Lloyd Bacon Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Ruth Gordon

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Overview

Action in the North Atlantic is solid wartime propaganda with a rather endearing inner lining of left-wing politics, courtesy (no doubt) of scenarist John Howard Lawson, who based his screenplay on a novel by maritime specialist Guy Gilpatric. While running war goods to America's Russian allies, a merchant marine ship captained by Raymond Massey is torpedoed. The courage of Massey and his first mate Humphrey Bogart serves as an inspiration to the survivors, who manage to navigate their tiny lifeboat to America, where they are lauded as heroes. After only the briefest of compassionate leaves (Massey is reunited with wife Ruth Gordon, while Bogart strikes up a relationship with Julie Bishop), the crew is assigned a new Liberty Ship. Despite fears of being torpedoed again, Massey, Bogart, and the other men successfully bring their cargo to Russia, shooting down several German planes in the process. As the Americans are cheered on by the smiling, well-fed Russian seamen and peasants, Action in the North Atlantic fades out, with the voice of Franklin D. Roosevelt (actually radio announcer Art Gilmore) heard on the soundtrack encouraging a "United Nations" allegiance against the axis. The supporting cast of Action in the North Atlantic includes a young newcomer by the name of Bernard Zanville, whose billing was changed to "Dane Clark" upon the film's release.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/1998
UPC: 0027616226433
Original Release: 1943

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Joe Rossi
Raymond Massey Capt. Steve Jarvis
Ruth Gordon Mrs. Jarvis
Alan Hale Boats O'Hara
Julie Bishop Pearl
Sam Levene Chips Abrams
Dane Clark Johnny Pulaski
Peter Whitney Whitey Lara
Minor Watson Rear Adm. Hartridge
J.M. Kerrigan Caviar Jinks
Dick Hogan Cadet Robert Parker
Kane Richmond Ensign Wright
Chick Chandler Goldberg
George Offerman Cecil
Donald Douglas Lt. Commander
Art Foster Pete Larson
Ray Montgomery Aherne
Creighton Hale Sparks
Elliott Sullivan Hennessy
Alec Craig McGonigle
Ludwig Stossel Capt. Ziemer
Frank Puglia Capt. Carpolis
Iris Adrian Jenny O'Hara
Ted Offenbecker Cecil
Dick Wessel Cherub
William Von Brincken German Sub Captain
Glenn Strange Tex Mathews
Irving Bacon Bartender
James Flavin Lieutenant Commander

Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
George J. Amy Editor
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
A.I. Bezzerides Screenwriter
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
John Howard Lawson Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Thomas Pratt Editor
Ted Smith Art Director
Clarence I. Steensen Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Wald Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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