Naval Warfare Movies

Submarine Patrol

Director: John Ford
Starring: Richard Greene, Nancy Kelly, Preston Foster, George Bancroft

Published: 1938
Country: USA
Length: 95 min.
Keywords: WWI, Feature

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In World War I, a battered sub chaser crewed by a motley group of misfits patrols the Adriatic hunting U-boats. In a formula which is now a familiar one, the crew shapes up and fulfills its mission in heroic style.


This film is notable for its sympathetic treatment of the enemy U-boat men. Based on Ray Millholland's The Splinter Fleet of the Otranto Barrage and filmed with the support of the U.S. Navy.