Operation Pacific (1951)





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In this taut and exciting war-comedy, a pair of Navy officers (Ward Bond and John Wayne) struggle to make torpedoes accurate, safe and effective. Complicating matters is a pretty nurse who thinks she may be in love with one of them.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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John Wayne
as Lt. Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
Patricia Neal
as Lt. Mary Stuart
Ward Bond
as Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
Scott Forbes
as Lt. Larry
Philip Carey
as Bob Perry
Paul Picerni
as Jonesy
William Campbell
as The Talker
Kathryn Givney
as Cmdr. Steele
Vincent Forte
as Soundman
Martin Milner
as Caldwell
Cliff Clark
as SUBPAC Commander
Jack Pennick
as The Chief
Vincent Fotre
as Soundman
Virginia Brissac
as Sister Anne
Lewis Martin
as Squad commander
Louis Mosconi
as Radarman
Carleton Young
as Capt. McAllister
Gordon Gebert
as Tommy Kirby
Gordon Geberl
as Tommy Kirby
Michael St. Angel
as Lt. Jorgenson
Brett King
as Lt. Ernie Stark
Dick Wessel
as Mess Sergeant
Gail Davis
as Virginia Blithe
Milburn Stone
as Ground Control Officer
Sam Edwards
as Junior
Gayle Kellogg
as Herbie
Keith Larsen
as Crewman
James Flavin
as Mick, Shore Patrol commander
Mack Williams
as Crewman
Harlan Warde
as Admiral's aide
Harry Lauter
as Freddie
John Baer
as Figher Pilot
Chris Drake
as Sparks
Ray Hyke
as Talker
Al Kikume
as Hawaiian
Richard Loo
as Japanese Flyer
Bob Nash
as Quartermaster
Carl Saxe
as Shore Patrolman
Bill Self
as Helmsman
Steve Wayne
as Rafferty
Bob Carson
as Torpedo Officer
Lewis Martin
as Squad Commander
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Critic Reviews for Operation Pacific

All Critics (3)

Even the music is over-the-top, with sudsy melodies or stirring tunes signaling each change in activity.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Movie Metropolis

...typical of John Wayne's war films: heroic, nationalistic, patriotic, sentimental, and hokey.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Movie Metropolis

The most interesting element of this typical John Wayne WWII picture is his relationship with his former wife, played by the estimable Patricia Neal.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006

Routine WW II submarine film that's lengthy and short on action but long on romance.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Operation Pacific

For a war film, there is way too much focus on John Wayne's romance with Patricia Neal, which is really not that interesting. As a war film, it's a bit to gung ho and doesn't always ring true, but there are some good sequences, just not enough of them. And John Wayne simply can't act.

James Higgins
James Higgins

One of my favorite WWII dramas.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Action, suspense, comedy and romance are nicely mixed in this fact-based film about the rush to perfect American torpedoes during World War II.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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