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On Christmas Eve, the submarine USS Copperfin leaves San Francisco Bay under sealed orders.
Christmas morning, the holiday is celebrated onboard and some of the crew are introduced.
After twenty-four hours at sea, Cassidy opens the orders, which direct him to proceed to Tokyo,
by way of the Aleutian Islands. As the submarine approaches the Aleutians, a plane is spotted
overhead. It is an American plane carrying Raymond, a meteorologist, who is traveling with the
crew to Tokyo. Then two Japanese planes are spotted, and a battle ensues. Both planes are shot
down, but the pilot of one of them parachutes to safety. When Mike tries to help him out of the
water, the pilot stabs him to death and is killed in turn by Tommy. Because he was slow to shoot
the pilot, Tommy blames himself for Mike's death and volunteers to defuse an unexploded bomb that
has lodged under the boat's deck. After the bomb is successfully defused, the men bury Mike at sea.
Tin Can does not attend the service, which infuriates the other men, but he explains that his
favorite uncle, a philosopher, was killed by the Nazis, and every Allied death causes him great pain.
As the submarine nears Tokyo Bay, Cassidy informs the men that the ship must negotiate the mine fields
on the bay's perimeter. When a returning Japanese cruiser and two destroyers approach the bay, Cassidy
decides to follow them into the bay and thus avoid the mines. That night, Wolf, Raymond and Sparks go
ashore to make the observations necessary for a future air attack on Tokyo. While the men are away,
Tommy is discovered to have a ruptured appendix, and Pills operates with the help of an instruction
book and improvised scalpels. When the men on shore finish their observations, Raymond, who was
reared in Tokyo, broadcasts their findings in Japanese. Despite this precaution, the Japanese decide
to investigate the broadcast location, and the men narrowly escape discovery. Using the radioed
information, the air attack on Tokyo begins, and the men of Copperfin watch it through their periscope.
After the attack, the submarine again slips through the mine fields by following a Japanese ship. The
submarine's position is later revealed when the crew torpedoes a Japanese aircraft carrier. Other
Japanese ships bomb Copperfin, which is badly damaged. When the submarine is unable to evade the
destroyer that is following it, Cassidy orders the men to attack. The destroyer is sunk, and the
submarine heads back to San Francisco, where Cassidy's wife and children are waiting at the dock.
Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Dane Clark, John Ridgely
Director: Delmer Daves
Producers: Jerry Wald & Jack L. Warner
Year Released - Dec. 1943
Length - 135 minutes
Music Composers: Franz Waxman & William Lava
Movie Distributed by Warner Brothers
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