Movies Action in the North Atlantic (Warner 1943, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Hale) Published 5 months ago on September 19, 2018 Exciting and unsentimental Warner Bros Second World War action drama Action in the North Atlantic rates as one of the most rousing of Hollywood’s ’40s propaganda pictures and was described by the New Statesman as ‘The American equivalent of our war documentary… tough, exciting, with no concessions to the flim-flam.’ The film, produced as a tribute to the men of the wartime Merchant Marine, focuses on the Liberty ship Sea Witch as it makes its perilous journey in a convoy to Murmansk, under attack from German submarines and aircraft. Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey took the leading roles, respectively as the executive officer and captain of the ship. Variety said ‘Bogart provides a sterling performance as the first mate, getting maximum results from the rough and ready role, while Massey is neatly cast as the skipper.’ During the making of the film, the two got into an argument as to whose stand-in was the tougher. To settle it (much to the dismay of director Lloyd Bacon) the actors dismissed their stand-ins and jumped into the fire-covered water from the bridge of the burning ship. Lloyd Bacon’s strong direction made the most of the script and excellent supporting cast and the Evening Standard described it as: ‘A story of war as it should be presented, with human feeling, spectacle and strength of purpose… I cannot think I have ever seen more realistic battles, or lived so intimately with the characters who comprise the crew.’ production details USA | Warner | 126 minutes | 1943 Writer: John Howard Lawson, based a story by Guy Gilpatric Music: Adolph Deutsch Cinematography: Ted McCord Producer: Jerry Wald Director: Lloyd Bacon cast Humphrey Bogart as Lt. Joe Rossi Peter Whitney as Whitey Lara Irving Bacon as Bartender (uncredited) William Hopper as Canadian Soldier (uncredited) Peter van Eyck as German Ensign (uncredited) Eddie Hall as Casino Club Patron at Loudmouth’s Table (uncredited) Raymond Massey as Capt. Steve Jarvis Alan Hale as Boats O’Hara Julie Bishop as Pearl O’Neill Ruth Gordon as Mrs. Sarah Jarvis Sam Levene as Abel ‘Chips’ Abrams Dane Clark as Johnnie Pulaski Dick Hogan as Cadet Robert Parker Iris Adrian as Jenny O’Hara (uncredited) Alan HaleDane ClarkDramaEddie HallHumphrey BogartIrving BaconJulie BishopPeter Van EyckPeter WhitneyRaymond MasseyRuth GordonSam LeveneWarWilliam Hopper Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 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,... Episodes22 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... 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