Movies Above Us The Waves (1955, John Mills, John Gregson) Published 5 months ago on October 2, 2018 Producer William MacQuitty spent several years in the Navy and his love of all things nautical -submarines in particular – inspired him to make the action-packed tense British thriller Above Us The Waves. Based on an actual incident in the Second World War, Above Us the Waves is a dramatisation of the attempts to sink a German battleship occupying a vital sea area near Norway. The film’s tagline described it as ‘a story of impudent gallantry’, and The Guardian agreed, noting that: ‘It tells a heroic story without any flowery effects at all.’ The film follows the efforts of three naval officers to destroy the German battleship Tirpitz, holding a seemingly impregnable position in a Norwegian fjord. When a first plan using ‘human torpedoes’ to attach explosives to the ship’s hull fails, an even more dangerous idea is suggested: three midget submarines carrying detachable charges should attempt to navigate their way through treacherous waters to reach and destroy their target. The subs, known as X-1, X-2 and X-3, are skippered by Commander Frazer (John Mills), Sub-Lieut. Duffy (John Gregson) and Sub-Lieut. Corbett (Donald Sinden). After a period of intense training, the three men set out on their hazardous mission. A salute to the wartime exploits of fearless Naval officers, Above Us the Waves is gripping entertainment in which the stiff upper lips never waver. The film was Ralph Thomas’s second nautically-themed movie of 1955, the other being the comedy Doctor at Sea, an indication of the director’s versatility. His brother Gerald also worked on Above Us the Waves, as editor, although he would achieve greater fame in later years as director of the Carry On series. production details UK | 99 minutes | 1955 Director: Ralph Thomas Writer: Robin Estridge, based on a story by CET Warren, James Benson cast James Robertson Justice as Admiral Ryder John Gregson as Lieutenant Alec Duffy Michael Medwin as Smart John Mills as Commandant Fraser Theodore Bikel as German Officer Donald Sinden as Lieutenant Tom Corbett James Kenney as Abercrombie William Russell as Ramsey Donald SindenJames KenneyJames Robertson JusticeJohn GregsonJohn MillsMichael MedwinRalph ThomasRobin EstridgeTheodore BikelWarWilliam Russell Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes21 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... Episodes21 hours ago Food Truck Nation: Smoked, Stuffed and Frozen Finds (S1EP8 Tues 26 Feb 2019 on Cooking) Chef Brad Miller visits a food truck in Orange County that has its own custom smoker onboard, then he tries... Episodes21 hours ago The Rookie: Plain Clothes Day (S1EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019) Plain Clothes Day: The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform... Episodes21 hours ago Hometown Homicide: Local Girl Gone (S1EP2 ID Tues 26 Feb 2019) Local Girl Gone: When 15-year-old high school freshman Danielle Locklear, of Hope Mills, N.C., went missing in March 2014, her... search EPISODES Episodes21 hours ago Good Trouble: Byte Club (S1EP8 Freeform Tues 26 Feb 2019) Byte Club: Mariana forms a women-in-tech “fight club” with other women in her office to deal with sexism in their... Episodes21 hours ago American Housewife: Baby Crazy (S3EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019, with Jay Mohr) Baby Crazy: Viv (Leslie Bib) asks Katie to take Violet for the night so she and Alan (Jay Mohr) can... Episodes21 hours ago Lethal Weapon: The Spy Who Loved Me (S3EP15 FOX Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Spy Who Loved Me: When Cole is investigated by the FBI, Murtaugh is forced to question his loyalty to... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.