Other Sellers on Amazon
Morning Departure aka: Operation Disaster
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
John Mills stars as Lt. Cmdr Armstrong, the Captain of a submarine, who is happily married and contemplating leaving the Navy to accept a job running one of his father-in-law's factories. He is taking his submarine out on manouevers for perhaps the last time before entering the business world. While World War II may be over, it is clear that His Majesty's ships and--in this case--boat must remain in first-class working order !
The Sub's crew consists of an interesting cross-section of people, from officers to lower-ranked seamen. Lt. Manson ( an aristocratic Nigel Patrick ) seems like a shallow womanizer at first, but there is more to this character than meets the eye. Then we have Stoker Snipe, a neurotic claustrophobic ( a young but rivetting Richard Attenborough )--the last guy who should be on a submarine ! It seems that he volunteered for submarine service because the pay was higher--he has an irresponsible young wife who "likes to go shopping !" A number of other fine British character actors make up the rest of the crew, including James Hayter, George Cole and Victor Maddern.
You won't be surprised to hear that something goes terribly wrong for this sub and her crew, and a rescue mission has to be organized by the "brass" on shore--"stiff upper lip" roles here for a "Pre-M" Bernard Lee and--soon to be a major British star--a young Kenneth More.
John Mills is terrific in the lead, but this comes as no surprise to those of us who have followed "Sir John's" long, illustrious career.Read more ›
This is an outstanding film about a topic that most navies worldwide don't really want to discuss and that is the loss of a submarine. Usually when it happens, it is the catastrophic loss of the boat and all hands ala KURSK, SCORPION, THRESHER etc or recent memory.
This film takes place in the early 1950s and is sandwiched in between two real world submarine disasters suffered by the Royal Navy which was the loss of HM S/Ms TRUCULANT and AFFRAY. The loss of TRUCULENT is addressed in the opening of the movie and the emotional impact it must have had is handled well.
The boat in the movie is out on a routine day run when it encounters an influence mine. It doesn't hit it but is close enough to detonate it with the resultant flooding of most of the boat and its settling on the bottom. She isn't too deep so her people have a chance of escape.
One man, who would have been in the part of the boat that was flooded has been given emergency leave to visit his wife and new son. His good fortune is addressed by one of the survivors - not with envy but as a matter of fact and good fortune.
Eventually the boat is located by surface units and the captain begins the escape routine. Four men at a time can exit the boat. Four leave by the forward escape hatch and a second four go out through the control room. The plan is for the remainder to leave by flooding the remainder of the boat and escaping. However the plan meets a grim fate when it is discovered that the reminaing escape equipment has been damaged in the sinking and is not useable. The last four men have to wait for rescue to come to them.Read more ›
For the fans of John Mills "Morning Departure" is a must-have, but don't forget the tissue's !
Not everyone on board handles to frightening situation well. Hopes are raised and dashed, raised and dashed again until the end of the ordeal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is interesting and enjoyable but a bit antiquated, by today’s standards and the ending is more than just a bit maudlin.Published 5 months ago by G. Hungerford
Great Britain was blessed with many fine actors and actresses who starred on radio, motion pictures, and television. One of my favorite actors is John Mills. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Douglas E. Clanin