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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise for the war effort
Filmed as the actual battle for the Atlantic was taking place is the 1943 drama "Crash Dive" starring Tyrone Powers. These types of movies are a common phenomenon during wartime to help lift peoples spirits on the homefront and drum up patriotic fervor. Here the American sailors are fighting the good fight against the despicable Nazi war machine.
However, this DVD...
Published on April 30, 2004 by Darren Harrison

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3.0 out of 5 stars CRASH DIVE SOARS - TRANSFER IS SUSPECT, THOUGH.
"Crash Dive," a melodramatic lover's triangle between naval heroes (Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews) and the girl they both love (Anne Baxter), is one of those standard war flicks made at the height of conflict (1943). Remarkably, it continues to stir up patriotism and lift the spirits, despite a somewhat heavy handed script and some truncated bits of romance that seem to...
Published on May 25, 2004 by Nix Pix


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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise for the war effort, April 30, 2004
This review is from: Crash Dive (DVD)
Filmed as the actual battle for the Atlantic was taking place is the 1943 drama "Crash Dive" starring Tyrone Powers. These types of movies are a common phenomenon during wartime to help lift peoples spirits on the homefront and drum up patriotic fervor. Here the American sailors are fighting the good fight against the despicable Nazi war machine.
However, this DVD offers a surprise. It is actually a very well made and entertaining adventure movie with enough splashes of romantic subplot and action to keep everyone in the family happy.
Powers plays a PT boat crewmember who is unwillingly transferred as executive officer aboard a submarine based out of the New London, Conn. base. Initially he gets along well with his new captain until he realizes that the two of them are in love with the same woman. The two must learn to trust one another and work together to investigate a mysterious ship in the mid-Atlantic and destroy the secret German island base that is being used by the Nazi's as a staging point for attacks on the Allied shipping lanes.
Filmed on location with the full cooperation of the War Department the movie is presented in technicolor and although the color on the DVD transfer is somewhat saturated it is still relatively clear of blemishes. Where the DVD is lacking however is in special features merely offering a selection of trailers of the other Fox war titles.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CRASH DIVE SOARS - TRANSFER IS SUSPECT, THOUGH., May 25, 2004
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Nix Pix (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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"Crash Dive," a melodramatic lover's triangle between naval heroes (Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews) and the girl they both love (Anne Baxter), is one of those standard war flicks made at the height of conflict (1943). Remarkably, it continues to stir up patriotism and lift the spirits, despite a somewhat heavy handed script and some truncated bits of romance that seem to be inserts into an otherwise straight forward and compelling adventure movie. Powers is a reluctant executive officer aboard a submarine. His relationship with his new captain (Andrews) becomes strained after he realizes that they are in love with the same woman. All this is background fodder for the real plot of the movie - a mid-Atlantic ambush of a secret German island and its Nazi military base.
THE TRANSFER: Filmed on location, Leon Shamroy's lush Technicolor photography is the real star of "Crash Dive" and although the film has dated considerably, there's still enough gleam in the original negative to compel the viewer onward. Colors are rich and for the most part, nicely balanced. Occasionally there are scenes in which the color scheme becomes unstable or flickers. There is also an abundance of age related artifacts that detract from the overall visual presentation. Black and contrast levels are generally solid. There's a slight haze over some of the scenes as well. Digital anomalies are not an issue on this disc. The audio has been cleaned up and is nicely presented. EXTRAS: None.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're a cinema war junky, then "Crash Dive" will suit you tastes. But it does not represent the best of genre by any means. The DVD's middle of the road picture quality is a let down.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Submarines and Anne Baxter, March 12, 2000
This review is from: Crash Dive [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Crash Dive was released the same year as Destination Tokyo, and I think the latter was the better film. Not to slam this movie too much, because it's entertaining enough. But the focus in Crash Dive is different, spending a considerable amount of time off the submarine as Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews clash over the affections of an incredibly beautiful Anne Baxter. The performances are as good as you could expect with this kind of material, and the action scenes are quite effective. But it's the kind of movie you can watch and then forget pretty soon afterwards. It's entertaining, but without much impact.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A recruitment drive with a love interest, January 30, 2006
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Lt. Ward Stewart (Tyrone Power) is in love with PT boasts he can drop depth charges on sneaky German U-boats that use lifeboats as ship bait. His Uncle Adm. Bob Stewart (Minor Watson) needs an exec on a U.S. Sub and talks him into doing his duty.

Meanwhile the sub commander Dewey Connors (Dana Andrews) is waiting for one more stripe so he can be worthy of popping the question of marriage to his girl, Jean Hewlett (Anne Baxter, `Nefretiri' in "The Ten Commandments" (1956).)

You guessed it while Dewey is away Bob discovers Jean and beats him to the question. Jean says sure; she just forgot to tell ether of the men about the other.

One of the interesting things about this movie is that instead of good guy - bad guy, both officers are good guys and it takes both personalities to accomplish the missions.

They do go out of their way to make the Germans sneaky and do extraordinary feats with their sub and commandos.

Run Silent, Run Deep ~ Clark Gable
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Hollywood Submarine Film for War Effort, June 1, 2001
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This 1943 film made during the War boasts beautiful color Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Basically it sets up a love triangle between naval heroes Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews and the girl they love Anne Baxter. The actual United States Navy submarine base at Groton, Connecticut was used in some of the location photography. Fred Sersen won an Oscar for Special Photographic Effects and Roger Heman for Special Sound Effects. Also featured are James Gleason, Dame May Whitty and Henry Morgan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...........WW2 Submarine Warfare in the Atlantic [1943]........, June 10, 2007
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Christopher E. Sarno (Boston, Massachusetts United States) - See all my reviews
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.....Here's WW2 Hollywood at its best....try to remember it's 1943; not nowaday...Tyrone Power-Dana Andrews-Anne Baxter-Jimmy Gleason-Minor Watson and Dame May Whitty, comprise a solid cast to put this film over...this Navy flick hit the mark as you left the theatre thinking we ARE going to WIN this war afterall...1943 was a pivotal war year for the USA...this movie is discussed pretty well by other critics in here, so be it...I could find no fault with the beautiful/primary technicolor [never better print] or the predictable screen/play...if any scene captured my fancy...it was the perfect train/Mayflower hotel scene[s] with the slick/glib Tyrone Power on the make for the enticingly, beautiful Anne Baxter who had a penchant for sexiness with her clothes on...now that is an accomplished actress...catch her in another movie ten years later, "Carnival Story" and you tell me if she is sultry/captivating or what??...you won't be disappointed in this DVD...it's America at its wartime BEST!!.....SSGT CHRIS SARNO-USMC FMF
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PERIOD PIECE MOVIE, August 10, 2008
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I was born the year this movie was released, while the average American service man yet had 3 years or more left to serve. In fact, many American military men did not start returning home until 1946 or later, my father returned in '46, as well as my wife's father whose USMC service continued after the landings on Saipan and then on to China for more garrison duty.

This is a notable movie for a couple reasons: first, though by June, 1942, after the battle of Midway we were fairly certain the allies would prevail, with D-Day in the ETO still a year away. So when this movie was a wrap no one could be absolutely certain of the outcome of WWII, and as the final frames of the movie show War Bonds and stamps were still being sold in the local movie theaters.

Secondly, on the credits Tyrone Power is shown to be in the USNR and would soon go to active duty (USN). Though this is a patriotic picture of mild cheer leading, the script itself is well told and only at picture's end do we receive a "well done" U.S. Navy speech.

Another mark of the movie's excellence is the rich color used in filming, at that time in WWII though some actual war footage was shot in color, the color process & film was still very expensive. So we have not only a well done film but one that was not low budget at all.

And though I am now in my late 60s, the years I spent with the USN/USMC on active duty never fail to give me a certain pride when viewing this movie. Call it what you will, it never fails to offer me a good feeling of active duty service.

Other reviews mention the manner in which the Germans are depicted, and I agree that Hollywood at this time did not have a realistic fix on the Nazi war machine, with both the German uniforms and speech leaving much to be desired as to reality.

The film may have a few flaws, but very few, and for war entertainment captures the 1940 era very well, especially evidenced by that keen convertible Tyrone Power zips around in.

All in all, a good, sound WWII yarn and one that allows wonderful footage of the WWII 'pig boat' submarines. If you haven't seen this picture you might want to check it out. I cannot agree with any review that says the film will soon be forgotten. While it may not be an award winning picture, it certainly is one of the better films in the FOX War Classics library.

Semper Fi.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Film Than One Expects, October 7, 2008
This review is from: Crash Dive (DVD)
Tyrone Power was an actor who men admired and women desired as the saying goes in Hollywood. He had charm and a mischevious sensbility that just spilled right off the screen. On his way Washington, naval officer Lt. Stewart (Tyrone Power) meets Anne Baxter. But she happens to be engaged to his future commanding officer. Complications galore. Still, the two men have a common enemy despite their rivalry - those damned Nazis. They must head through northern Atlantic waters to destroy some Nazi storage tanks for fuel. The able James Gleason who always plays a great crusty chief works well in the cast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rousing Wartime Submarine Story With Romantic Subplot, May 8, 2005
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Simon Davis (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Being Tyrone Power's final film effort before taking up active duty, "Crash Dive", is most often just dismissed as a footnote to his highly successful pre war career as one of Hollywood's most popular and goodlooking leading men. It however is a highly enjoyable film in its own right which at times seems uncertain in which genre it is actually placing itself as it combines an exciting wartime submarine story with a light romantic story with many comedy elements. While the often abrupt change from suspensful drama to light romance is not always successful this film should not be dismissed and cetainly for the year of its release (1943), was a very topical film illustrating the very dangerous work being carried out by the armed forces in the Atlantic. This story had an amazingly high budget for that year and boasted superb location photography and vivid technicolour all wrapped up in a story guaranteed to please all sections of the viewing public. Tyrone Power's rousing final speech illustrating the great work being undertaken by all sections of the armed forces is often criticised today as blatant propaganda but we have to always remember the period in time in which it was produced when people were anxious to know more about the armed forces and what they were doing in the war effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crash Dive -- A Tyrone Power Fan-Flick, September 15, 2012
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Crash Dive is presented as a submarine movie, but the sub story is more of a background to the screen romance, which feels as if it occupies about half the film. The exterior sub scenes were filmed with one of the two Mackerel-class "mini-fleet-boats", which were imposed on our submarine service but were too small for the Pacific war; they were assigned to the sub school at New London for officer training. The non-sub scenes occupy about half the screen-time. The story is a very fictional adventure, with a WWI style encounter with a German armed freighter posing as a neutral in the Atlantic, and an equally dubious story about these armed ships being fueled at an island-base, which Power and his volunteers must destroy.

Some of the sub clips in this 20th Century Fox production were re-used in the second half of 1943 for brief appearances at the beginning and end of Warner's Destination Tokyo. Crash Dive is not a realistic sub story like Destination Tokyo, but OK if you like amusing romance coupled with old-fashioned "shoot-'em up/blow-'em up" adventure stories.
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