RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (Theatrical Release USA 1958)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Run Silent, Run Deep
casts two classic actors, Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable, together. These are two solid, strong actors who allow the rest of the cast little participation in the story. This failure to spread the glory thinner and over a broader range noticeably affects the quality of the overall movie so that it does not reach that prized classic status that establishes itself with value that withstands time. There are noticeable cinematography failures for submarine shots that show swimming pool light reflection at the top of the water and at the bottom of the pool. The movie plays as a period study piece.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


A submarine commander makes independent decisions that conflict with directions given by his superior officers.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Robert Wise for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Harold Hecht and James Hill for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Commander Rich Richardson (Clark Gable), Lieutenant Jim Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster), Yeoman First Class Mueller (Jack Warden), Ensign Gerald Cartwright (Brad Dexter), Quartermaster First Class Ruby (Don Rickles), Russo (Nick Cravat), Chief Kohler (Joe Maross), Laura Richardson (Mary LaRoche), Larto (Eddie Foy III), and Sonarman First Class Cullen (Rudy Bond).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The script needs re-writing for flow and some work needs to be done on scene flow so that clarity becomes firmly established for the training of the submariners, the purpose of the training, and why this mission has importance in the overall war mission.

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