Stand by for Action 1944 NR CC

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An "old Noah's Ark," scoffs Lt. Masterman, a Harvard-schooled Bostonian ensconced in a cushy desk job. Care to guess who will be volunteered to be the aged ship's executive officer?

Starring:
Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

Stand by for Action

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Action
Director Robert Z. Leonard
Starring Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton
Supporting actors Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Marilyn Maxwell, Henry O'Neill, Marta Linden, Chill Wills, Douglass Dumbrille, Richard Quine, William Tannen, Douglas Fowley, Tim Ryan, Dick Simmons, Byron Foulger, Hobart Cavanaugh, Inez Cooper, Ben Welden, Harry Fleischmann, Ernie Alexander
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Skyhawk
This movie stars: Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Marilyn Maxwell, Douglass Dumbrille, plus others!
Rick Lane
I would recommend this and all movies in this gender to one and all.!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gustav on June 21, 2012
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The viewer must place themselves back in the dark year 1942. The Allies were getting whipped on all fronts. Hollywood "answered the call" by providing films which were emotional and inpirational. STAND BY FOR ACTION is an excellent example of this type of film.

The plot for the film is the ship WARREN which is a WW1 era four stack destroyer. Ships in storage were rushed back into service to replace wartime losses. (In fact, the Imperial Japanese Navy puts about 40% of our 1935 Navy on the bottom.) The movie is heavy in sentimentality but fortunately gets thick into naval combat near the end of the movie.

Its great to see the classic actors; Donlevy, Laughton, Brennan, and of course Robert Taylor... who virtually plays "himself" as a sissy Harvard Grad who thinks the Navy is only a social club. He sobers up nicely in the movie and I enjoy his character.

Charles Laughton portrays a great stuffy admiral and has a major character in the film. Of course we all know him from THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. This isn't such a bad movie to teach some leadership skills on unusual problems.

Me being from a Navy family, the ship's portrayal is good and any destroyermen will enjoy this film. The film's restoration to DVD is good quality and I waited for its release. Not an "epic" film, but still first rate.

I'm still looking for the navy film where the GM/loader drops his asbestos gloves in the 5"/30 turret and cooks his hands handling spent shells. Whats its name?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John "Silence is Golden" on October 12, 2012
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When I was in grade school in the 1960's this film was a staple that was televised every Sunday afternoon during the Veteran's day or 4th of July weekend on WNEW, Channel 5 in New York along with "Destination Tokyo","Bataan", "Action in the North Atlantic" and "Thirty Seconds over Tokyo" but out of all of them, this was my favorite of the bunch then and still is today !!

This is a typical big budget"Grade A" MGM Production with a superb cast headed by Robert Taylor {LT Gregg Masterman}, Charles Laughton {Rear Admiral Thomas}, Walter Brennan {Chief Yeoman Johnson}, Brian Donlevy {LT Commander Roberts} along with a slew of well known/regarded character actors - Henry O'Neil, Chill Wills, Douglas Dumbrille, William Tannen, Douglas Fowley and Byron Foulger as a pharmacist`s mate compelled to go above and beyond his duty in a very novel way !!

Also in a starring role is their command - the WW 1 era destroyer the U.S.S. Warren brought back from near scrap heap condition. C. Laughton's characther {his nickname is "Old Iron Pants"} is excellent in giving a fire and brimstone address to the ships company when recommissioning her {including quoting John Paul Jones "I have not yet begun to fight"} and also realistically tells the crew {and the 1943 viewing audience} that "We are compelled to fight this generation's war partly with the last generation's ships" - a truism in 1943.

This production is an good example of MGM product - entertaining and effective movie -making on many levels in particular in showing that a unrequited love between a man {W.Brennan} and his ship {the Warren} far from being ridiculous can seem real and even touching due the sincerity and dignity of W.Brennan's performance. B.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Lane on January 4, 2013
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This is a great War movie that has a little comedy to it. This movie stars: Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Marilyn Maxwell, Douglass Dumbrille, plus others! This film was original released in 1942, is presented in Full-screen format, b&w and runs for about 109mins (1hr 49mins). There isn't any special features and any subtitles or other languages included with this DVD. Overall this is a great DVD and I would recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John H. McCarthy on June 29, 2012
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Nice to see this one "Remastered," but a dual-layer factory disc would've rendered a more detailed picture. Definitely a WWII "Flag-Waver" (not that there's anything wrong with that), with a plot that encompasses, and sometimes veers between, Drama , Action, Comedy and Pathos, you nonetheless will be greatly entertained. A very fine cast, Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Charles Laughton, Marilyn Maxwell, Chill Wills and Walter Brennan, who steals the movie every time he appears (which is quite a feat itself against a well-cured ham like Laughton!), helps to bolster a linear plot that like their ship, drifts off course every so often. A welcomed better-late-than-never release......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip on March 7, 2013
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Great WWII action film with Robert Taylor nuff said? It also has some good humor besides the action and has some sentiments similar to "Operation Petticoat" (for about 20 minutes of time) which followed latter in the 50's. However the main part of the film deals with navigating in rough seas and a battle with a Japanese Battleship. The combination of action, drama and humor makes a nice combination for a film of the period. Hope this helps.
Blessings,
Phil
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gch3 on April 25, 2014
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I've enjoyed this movie for many, many years in reruns on Turner Classic Movies and late shows on local channels. It is a War Bond movie made quickly at the outset of WWII to encourage Americans to support the war effort against Japan. It offers a sentimental story line along with comedy relief and action. I have been waiting a long time to get this on DVD and I am thrilled to add it to my collection.
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