Action in the North Atlantic (1943)





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Action in the North Atlantic is solid wartime propaganda with a rather endearing inner lining of left-wing politics, courtesy (no doubt) of scenarist John Howard Lawson, who based his screenplay on a novel by maritime specialist Guy Gilpatric. While running war goods to America's Russian allies, a merchant marine ship captained by Raymond Massey is torpedoed. The courage of Massey and his first mate Humphrey Bogart serves as an inspiration to the survivors, who manage to navigate their tiny lifeboat to America, where they are lauded as heroes. After only the briefest of compassionate leaves (Massey is reunited with wife Ruth Gordon, while Bogart strikes up a relationship with Julie Bishop), the crew is assigned a new Liberty Ship. Despite fears of being torpedoed again, Massey, Bogart, and the other men successfully bring their cargo to Russia, shooting down several German planes in the process. As the Americans are cheered on by the smiling, well-fed Russian seamen and peasants, Action in the North Atlantic fades out, with the voice of Franklin D. Roosevelt (actually radio announcer Art Gilmore) heard on the soundtrack encouraging a "United Nations" allegiance against the axis. The supporting cast of Action in the North Atlantic includes a young newcomer by the name of Bernard Zanville, whose billing was changed to "Dane Clark" upon the film's release.
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Humphrey Bogart
as Lt. Joe Rossi
Raymond Massey
as Capt. Steve Jarvis
Alan Hale
as O'Hara
Ruth Gordon
as Mrs. Jarvis
Sam Levene
as Abrams
Dane Clark
as Pulaski
Peter Whitney
as Whitey
Iris Adrian
as Jenny
Dick Hogan
as Cadet Robert Parker
Minor Watson
as Rear Adm. Hartridge
J.M. Kerrigan
as Caviar Jinks
Kane Richmond
as Ens. Wright
William Von Brincken
as German Sub Captain
Chick Chandler
as Goldberg
Donald Douglas
as Lt. Commander
Don Douglas
as Lt. Commander
Art Foster
as Pete Larson
Glenn Strange
as Tex Mathews
Elliott Sullivan
as Hennessy
Alec Craig
as McGonigle
Ludwig Stossel
as Capt. Ziemer
Dick Wessel
as Cherub
Frank Puglia
as Capt. Carpolis
Irving Bacon
as Bartender
James Flavin
as Lieutenant Commander
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Critic Reviews for Action in the North Atlantic

All Critics (2)

Bogart makes this WWII salute to the Merchant Marine more enjoyable than it has the right to be.

Full Review… | March 5, 2011

Exciting formulaic war propaganda sea story.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
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Action in the North Atlantic from 1943 Has a terrific fire sequence fairly early on in the film once a German sub sinks a American cargo ship headed for England with oil and other supplies. German sub rams life raft row boat after crew escapes oil. Navy Rescues crew of sunk cargo ship after 11 days. Humphrey Bogart has a tooth ace. Canada Novaschoshia convoy meet with an international convoy of allies. Absolute radio silence is made. There are no subtitles for the Germans or other foreign nations represented in this film. This film is filled with sub, boat, and airplane battles with mostly convincing model fight scenes. This film is filled with all kinds of sea battle tactics. What I like is that there is not much romance in film which I don't really care for anyways.


Action is right! Plenty of it in this WWII drama about the Merchant Marines. Bogart and Massey shine as does the supporting cast. Exciting, touching and patriotic.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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Bogart's always cool, and there's a really awesome action scene about halfway through the movie with plenty of Merchant Marine vessels and German U-Boats going kaboom. The movie isn't tremendous, but it is competent enough to keep your attention.

Scott Molling
Scott Molling

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