+ CinemaScope film in B&W: Something old is new framing a peculiar story about tugboat captains in the days before the U.S. entered WW2, captains who pulled damaged & on-fire British merchant, and other, ships to salvage after being attacked by Nazi subs. The Q never answered is why the Nazi subs never finished-off the wounded ducks and allowed them to be pulled back to repair and duty. + The acting by Howard and Holden is amateurish. Loren is great, she of the highest cheekboned beauty, but is not given much of a part with which to work. + Carol Reed, Director, alternates between stage play set-ups and some amazing ocean scenes. However he never makes-up his mind whether the camera should be level with the horizon or canted - persistently artsy to the point of annoyance. + Folks in the '50's paying to see this film likely left the theater disappointed - altho' tickets weren't more than a $1.50 probably. But it was something of a waste of more than 2-hours. The film does provide a look at the nature of man-woman relationships that seem so different & more congenial then - probably influenced by war as well as the times. In the end, The End is lacking & unsatisfying, too.