Submarine Command

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Submarine Command
Poster of the movie Submarine Command.jpg
Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Joseph Sistrom
Written by Jonathan Latimer (story)
Starring William Holden
Nancy Olson
William Bendix
Narrated by William Holden
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Eda Warren
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 1951 (1951-11)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[1]

Submarine Command is a 1951 American war film starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, and Darryl Hickman, directed by John Farrow. The movie is notable for being one of the first to touch on post traumatic stress disorder. After Holden had put $20,000 of his own money into the film, it was panned by critics for its brooding melodrama.[2]


Commander White (William Holden), during an enemy attack, orders that his submarine dive to avoid destruction. Though his action saves his crew, it results in the death of the machine-gunner left topside during the attack.[3] The bulk of the movie follows his career in the Navy after the war as his doubt and guilt wear on his marriage. Then, just as he is about to resign from the Navy to escape the ghosts of his past, the Korean War begins and the movie concludes as an action thriller.[4]


Radio adaptation[edit]

Submarine Command was presented on Lux Radio Theatre November 17, 1952. The one-hour adaptation starred Holden and Alexis Smith.[5]

Comic book adaptation[edit]


  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. ^ Submarine Command (1951)
  3. ^
  4. ^ MOVIE REVIEW Submarine Command (1951)
  5. ^ Kirby, Walter (November 23, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 16, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Movie Love #12". Grand Comics Database. 

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