Silent, Run Deep/B+,B+
1.85, FS 1.33
This World War II submarine drama packs enough tension into the
confined underwater spaces to stress the rivets of the boat and
crew. When Commander Richardson loses his sub off the Japanese Bungo
Straits the result is a year of desk duty desk at Pearl Harbor.
While several more subs are destroyed under similar circumstances,
Richardson goes over the action again and again in his office until
he requests a new command. The timing is bad for Jim Bledsoe who is
slated to take over the submarine Merkur on her return trip to see.
Instant resentment, a classic conflict and it’s a tension filled
voyage for the Merkur as Richardson trains the crew for deadly shot
at the Japanese killer ship.
Clark Gable plays Richardson with world-weariness commensurate with
his years in the movie business. Gable’s sagacious style in Run
Silent, Run Deep keeps the
movie running at an even keel. Burt Lancaster, whose company
produced brought the film, is his usual powerful force as a foil to
Gable. The crew includes the stellar acting support of Jack Warden.
Versatile director Robert Wise has a top-notch crew at the helm of Run
Silent, Run Deep. Abetting his
skilled and straightforward direction is a fine score from Franz
Waxman and Russell Harlan’s clean photography with bright but
balanced key lighting. The result is a classic submarine drama.
transfer elements for Run Silent, Run Deep are in terrific
condition. This makes for handsome DVD. The black and white
photography is given strong contrast. The very sharp images have no
evidence of over-enhancement. Harlan’s lighting in comfortably
duplicated for the DVD. The mono sound is clean, the dialog
authoritative. The DVD survives this underwater assignment with a
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