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Directed by Anthony Asquith, this is a tense British study of submarine warfare. A determined crew pursues a Nazi battleship across the Baltic... Cast & crew added. UK Dvd Gallery added.

We Dive at Dawn Dvd

    Single Disc [1999]

  • Actors: John Mills, Eric Portman
  • Director: Anthony Asquith
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1

    • Classification: U
    • Studio: ITV DVD
    • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 1999
    • Run Time: 92 minutes

    DVD Features:

      Main Language: English
      Available Audio Tracks: Mono
      Disc Format: DVD 5
      Interactive Menus
      Scene Access

      1943 Gainsborough Pictures
      ~ All Rights Reserved

      It is packed with incident. John Mills and Eric Portman lead the way with their spot-on characters, by which I mean that despite all their quiet heroism (typically British that quietness!) they remain human and believable (unlike the Hollywood blockbusters of the same era) ~ PAUL PAGE


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    1943, 92 MINS, B/W, UK

    Looking back over 60 years on this movie, there are, inevitably, cliches aplenty of that time. Like so many other British war films, the men invariably have thick regional working class accents while the officers speak with an educated fluency that would place them at home in England's finest ruling-class establishments. In this movie, Freddie Taylor (Mills), the captain of the submarine Sea Tiger, is clever, confident, resourceful, aggressive, in control, good with his men, humorous with his peers, quick to make a decision. And it helps that he's lucky. His men are jolly tars, for the most part, competent at their jobs and always ready with a joke when things get tense.

    But I don't think this is a fault. Perhaps that was the way of it then, and perhaps I am missing the point. Don't let that minor criticism put you off: at the end of the day this is a cracking good hour and a half vessel of entertainment even if the characters might be a little wet at times.

    I've learned that one of the reasons it was a bit wooden in parts was due to the constraint upon film production in the war years - film stock was hard to get hold off due to the silver nitrates being needed elsewhere so it was do a take and hope for the best - none of your modern do it on beta over and over until the final take on actual film stock. It is also interesting as a wartime film for the subtle underplayed propaganda element - such as the Norwegian seamen helping them in the town etc.

    I'm probaly doing the film a bit of disservice for watching it for the 4th or 5th time I found it better than I had remembered. I find Portman watchable in anything and Mills is just a legend, end of.

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    4 STARS OUT OF 5


  • Ages of the stars at the time of the making of the film:

      - John Mills, 34
      - Eric Portman, 39

  • Filming locations included:

      Gaumont-British Studios, Lime Grove, Shepherd's Bush, London, England


    In credits order

  • John Mills ... Captain - Lt. Taylor R.N.
  • Louis Bradfield ... First Officer - Lt.Brace R.N.R.
  • Ronald Millar ... Third Officer - Lt.Johnson RNVR
  • Jack Watling ... Navigating Officer - Lt.Gordon R.N.
  • Reginald Purdell ... Coxwain - C / P.O. Dabbs
  • Caven Watson ... Chief Engine Room Artificer - C / P.O. Duncan
  • Niall MacGinnis ... Torpedo Gunner's Mate - C / P.O.Mike Corrigan
  • Eric Portman ... On Hydrophones - L / S. Hobson
  • Leslie Weston ... Leading Torpedo Operator - L / S Tug Wilson
  • Norman Williams ... Periscope Operator - 'Canada'
  • Lionel Grose ... Torpedo Operator - 'Spud'
  • David Peel ... Helmsman - 'Oxford'
  • Philip Godfrey ... Steward - 'Flunkey'
  • Robert Wilton ... Cook - 'Pincher'

      rest of cast listed alphabetically:

  • George Cross
  • Marie Ault ... Mrs. Metcalfe (uncredited)
  • Victor Beaumont ... German Airman (uncredited)
  • Franklyn Bennett ... (uncredited)
  • Frederick Burtwell ... Sidney Briggs (uncredited)
  • Kenneth Evans ... (uncredited)
  • Ian Fleming ... Captain (uncredited)
  • Philip Friend ... Humphries (uncredited)
  • Walter Gotell ... Luftwaffe Captain (uncredited)
  • Vincent Holman ... Danish Captain (uncredited)
  • Joan Hopkins ... Ethel Dabbs (uncredited)
  • Mike Johnson ... ARP Man At Wedding (uncredited)
  • Molly Johnson ... (uncredited)
  • Vi Kaley ... Old Lady In Chip Shop (uncredited)
  • Bryan Powley ... (uncredited)
  • John Salew ... Drake (uncredited)
  • Gerik Schjelderup ... (uncredited)
  • Johnnie Schofield ... Policeman In Chip Shop (uncredited)
  • John Slater ... Charlie (uncredited)
  • Joan Sterndale-Bennett ... (uncredited)
  • Vi Stevens ... Publican's Wife (uncredited)
  • Merle Tottenham ... (uncredited)
  • Beatrice Varley ... Mrs. Dabbs (uncredited)
  • Ben Williams ... Messenger (uncredited)
  • Ian Wilson ... Cigarette customer (uncredited)
  • Josephine Wilson ... Alice Hobson (uncredited)

    Produced by

  • Edward Black .... producer

    Original Music by

  • Hubert Bath (uncredited)

    Cinematography by

  • Jack E. Cox (photography) (as Jack Cox)

    Film Editing by

  • R.E. Dearing

    Art Direction by

  • Walter W. Murton (as Walter Murton)

    Production Management

  • Maurice Ostrer .... in charge of production
  • Fred Gunn .... production manager (uncredited)

    Art Department

  • Maurice Carter .... draughtsman (uncredited)
  • E. Lindegaard .... backings (uncredited)

    Sound Department

  • B.C. Sewell .... sound supervisor
  • Charles Wheeler .... boom operator (uncredited)
  • Sydney Wiles .... sound recordist (uncredited)

    Camera and Electrical Department

  • Phil Grindrod .... camera operator (uncredited)
  • David Harcourt .... focus puller (uncredited)
  • George Stevens .... camera operator (uncredited)

    Editorial Department

  • Charles Saunders .... negative cutter
  • John Shirley .... assistant editor (uncredited)

    Music Department

  • Louis Levy .... musical director

    Other crew

  • Jo Harcourt .... continuity (uncredited)

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