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Morning Departure

  • Drama
  • 1950
  • Roy Ward Baker
  • 97 mins
  • PG

Summary

Deep-sea drama starring John Mills and featuring Richard Attenborough. Twelve surviving members of a submarine crew are trapped beneath the ocean after their vessel hits a mine. With on-board rescue facilities only capable of saving eight, the crew faces a terrible dilemma.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

An atmospheric "confined space" drama, with John Mills in one of his best roles as the commander of a submarine that's holed by a mine and plunges to the sea bed. Twelve crew members survive the initial impact but - and here's the hook - only eight will be able to use the escape equipment. Everyone is admirably stoic, apart from Richard Attenborough, playing a weak-willed stoker with his trademark intensity. The passage of time has made some of the crew resemble caricatures, yet it's still engrossing stuff.

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Credits

Cast

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Lieutenant Commander ArmstrongJohn Mills
HelenHelen Cherry
Stoker SnipeRichard Attenborough
Rose SnipeLana Morris
Lieutenant Harry MansonNigel Patrick
Warrant Officer McFeeAndrew Crawford
Chief Petty Officer BarlowMichael Brennan
Able-bodied Seaman HigginsJames Hayter
Able-bodied Seaman Nobby ClarkWylie Watson
Leading Seaman KellyJack Stuart
Leading Seaman AndrewsRoddy McMillan

Crew

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DirectorRoy Ward Baker

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Formats
Black and white
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