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When British submarine Trojan sets off a magnetic mine at sea, the stern is obliterated and the vessel sinks to the ocean floor. Inside, a number of the crew are saved by watertight doors, but their air supply won't last forever. The captain, Lt. Cmdr. Armstrong (John Mills), releases some oil from the ship, and it's eventually spotted by a search party. As the necessary crew and equipment are brought in, it's a panicked race against time to get all the crew out alive.

Cast & Crew

John Mills
Lt. Cmdr. Armstrong
Helen Cherry
Helen Armstong
Lana Morris
Rose Snipe
Andrew Crawford
Sub-Lt. J. McFee
Michael Brennan
CPO Barlow
James Hayter
Able Seaman Higgins
Wylie Watson
Able Seaman Nobby Clark
Jack Stuart
Leading Seaman Kelly
Victor Maddern
Leading Telegraphist Hillbrook
Jay Lewis
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  • May 13, 2012
    "Morning Departure" starts with Lieutenant Commander Peter Armstrong(John Mills) being woken up from a restful slumber by the cries of his infant child. While he is getting dressed, his wife Helen(Helen Cherry) takes the time to talk to him about the opportunity of becoming a manager in one of her father's factories which he is very reluctant about, even though this is now peacetime. That having been said, there are still naval duties to perform like this morning's training cruise on a submarine. Everything goes as planned for the first few hours until a mine is spotted. Even after evasive maneuvers, there is still an explosion that only leaves 12 out of the original 65 crewmen alive, with the survivors stranded at the bottom of the sea. Amazingly, Armstrong announces a rescue plan that sounds simple enough. Now, they just have to wait, sleep or break out the Parcheesi board... "Morning Departure" is a riveting movie with some excellent underwater photography for the time and a perfectly understated performance from John Mills in the lead as the very picture of resolute calm. However, there is one bit of casting that does not work as well as planned, leading to a little bit of predictability. And I know some people may want to put the crewmen's calm in such a desperate situation down to little more than a British stiff upper lip, but I think it has more to do with having so little control over one's situation. As one character puts it, most deaths at sea are down to bad luck or bad weather. Surprisingly, even in such a closed space, we get a very good idea about postwar England with many references to domesticity in the opening minutes that go beyond just establishing the plot. As time goes on, the British class lines start to disappear altogether.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2009
    Nice bit of post-war militarism.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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