Stand by for Action

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  • TV-G
Not long after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. scrambles for ships to put to sea – ships like the dry-docked WWI destroyer Warren. An "old Noah's Ark," scoffs Lt. Gregg Masterman (Robert Taylor), a Harvard-schooled Bostonian ensconced in a cushy desk job. read more
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Not long after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. scrambles for ships to put to sea – ships like the dry-docked WWI destroyer Warren. An "old Noah's Ark," scoffs Lt. Gregg Masterman (Robert Taylor), a Harvard-schooled Bostonian ensconced in a cushy desk job. Care to guess who will be volunteered to be the aged ship's executive officer? The character of a callow young man who ultimately proves his worth is one Taylor had played before, notably in A Yank at Oxford and Flight Command. A stellar cast – Charles Laughton, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan – joins him in a tale that veers into comic waters (the crew become awkward caretakers of a bevy of infants rescued at sea) before steaming full ahead into the strategies and salvos of fiery battle action in the Pacific.

Original Release

12/31/1942

US Release

12/31/1942

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Cast

Robert Taylor Lieut. Gregg Masterman
Charles Laughton Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas
Brian Donlevy Lieut. Comdr. Martin J. Roberts / Lieut. Cmdr. Martin Roberts
Walter Brennan Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
Marilyn Maxwell Audrey Carr
Chill Wills Chief Boatswain's Mate Jenks / Mate Jenks, Chef-Bootsmann
Richard Quine Ensign Lindsay
Henry O'Neill Cmdr. Stone M.C / Comdr. Stone, M.C.
Marta Linden Mary Collins
Douglass Dumbrille Capt. Ludlow / Captain Ludlow
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers

Laurence Kirk, Harvey S. Haislip, R.C. Sherriff, George Bruce, John L. Balderston, Herman J. Mankiewicz

Cast

Robert Taylor Lieut. Gregg Masterman
Charles Laughton Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas
Brian Donlevy Lieut. Comdr. Martin J. Roberts / Lieut. Cmdr. Martin Roberts
Walter Brennan Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
Marilyn Maxwell Audrey Carr
Chill Wills Chief Boatswain's Mate Jenks / Mate Jenks, Chef-Bootsmann
Richard Quine Ensign Lindsay
Henry O'Neill Cmdr. Stone M.C / Comdr. Stone, M.C.
Marta Linden Mary Collins
Douglass Dumbrille Capt. Ludlow / Captain Ludlow
William Tannen Flag Lt. Dudley / Flag Lieut. Dudley
Douglas Fowley Ensign Martin
Tim Ryan Lt. Tim Ryan / Lieut. Tim Ryan
Dick Simmons Lt. (jg) Royce / Lieut. (j.g.) Royce
Byron Foulger Pharmacist's Mate 'Doc' Miller
Hobart Cavanaugh Carpenter's Mate 'Chips'
Inez Cooper Susan Garrison
Ben Welden Chief Quartermaster Rankin
Harry Fleischmann Chief Signalman
Ernie Alexander Sailor in Boat

Producers

Editors

George Boemler

1944 Oscar Best Effects, Special Effects Nominated
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