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I never would have believed Charles laughton was a good actor in such a comedy roll, but this movie is well worth the money if you are in to naval films, Robert Taylor, is at his best in this comedy, the headaches he has to endure is real funny, and Brian Donlevy is no slouch either. well worth the money, great movie although it's in B&W but great. This is an up-date on this film being in the navy for about thirty years there are several discrepancies that I have noticed. first they do not ask the executive officer to handle any emergency on deck, or the yeoman, that is the job of the boatswain mate he is in charge of the deck, if either of those two previously were injured,and the captain were incapacitated the ship would be in peril, as for wearing of the typical uniform the only one who wore it properly was Walter Brennan, this was Hollywood's decision and they messed up big time. Enlisted men in WW 2 especially CPO"S they always wore there ratings on left sleeve along with there hash marks or service stripes this has been going on for over two hundred years. Sorry but being and old salt I just had to comment.
The viewer must place themselves back in the dark year 1942. The Allies were getting whipped on all fronts. Hollywood "answered the call" by providing films which were emotional and inpirational. STAND BY FOR ACTION is an excellent example of this type of film.
The plot for the film is the ship WARREN which is a WW1 era four stack destroyer. Ships in storage were rushed back into service to replace wartime losses. (In fact, the Imperial Japanese Navy puts about 40% of our 1935 Navy on the bottom.) The movie is heavy in sentimentality but fortunately gets thick into naval combat near the end of the movie.
Its great to see the classic actors; Donlevy, Laughton, Brennan, and of course Robert Taylor... who virtually plays "himself" as a sissy Harvard Grad who thinks the Navy is only a social club. He sobers up nicely in the movie and I enjoy his character.
Charles Laughton portrays a great stuffy admiral and has a major character in the film. Of course we all know him from THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. This isn't such a bad movie to teach some leadership skills on unusual problems.
Me being from a Navy family, the ship's portrayal is good and any destroyermen will enjoy this film. The film's restoration to DVD is good quality and I waited for its release. Not an "epic" film, but still first rate.
I'm still looking for the navy film where the GM/loader drops his asbestos gloves in the 5"/30 turret and cooks his hands handling spent shells. Whats its name?
Great WWII action film with Robert Taylor nuff said? It also has some good humor besides the action and has some sentiments similar to "Operation Petticoat" (for about 20 minutes of time) which followed latter in the 50's. However the main part of the film deals with navigating in rough seas and a battle with a Japanese Battleship. The combination of action, drama and humor makes a nice combination for a film of the period. Hope this helps. Blessings, Phil
What could be better than Walter Brennen as the old WWI CPO plankowner who stayed onboard as a civilian care taker of his dear old 4 stacker DD until the two are reactivated in the early days of WWII. Robert Taylor as the wise guy ivy league college boy who learns the true meaning of being a Naval Officer aboard a fighting ship. Brian Donlevy as a no nonsense Mustang commanding officer and Charles Laughton as an old seadog escaping a desk job to command a wartime convoy.
Charles Laughton is great as usual. His facial expressions alone are so funny and awesome. But why they did the whole women and baby thing in the middle of the movie? It makes no sense at all. "Operation Petticoat" did this formula to success. But this filmed failed in losing it's focus. I'm giving it 3 stars only because it was doing it's best to help the war effort.
Robert Taylor has always been a favorite of mine in film. This was an interesting film and I enjoyed the glory as much as the fun in it. It will make you laulgh and cheer at the same time. Enjoy -- it has good action in it, and the parts that make you laugh make it very enjoyable.
4.0 out of 5 starsI enjoyed it and treated it as a comedy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2015
If you believe that America won the war then this one is for you. Robert Taylor and Charles Laughton add a touch of comedy to this film which makes it had to to understand If it is a serious war film or a comedy. However, I enjoyed it and treated it as a comedy. Certainly worth purchasing and watching a few times but not if you are a serious war buff.
5.0 out of 5 starsI thoroughly enjoyed it then and I have not changed my mind ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 8, 2014
I saw this movie as a youngster and remembered it when I saw it on TV, I thoroughly enjoyed it then and I have not changed my mind the comedy between the whole crew was a joy to watch, unfortunately many of the actors are no longer with us, being able to see these actors again was a bonus, thanks Amazon