Up Periscope

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For the song of the same name by Drake Bell, see It's Only Time.
Up Periscope
theatrical release poster
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by Aubrey Schenck
Written by Richard H. Landau
Robb White (novel)
Starring James Garner
Edmond O'Brien
Andra Martin
Alan Hale, Jr.
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • March 4, 1959 (1959-03-04)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Up Periscope is a 1959 World War II drama starring James Garner as a U.S. Navy Frogman fighting the Japanese. The supporting cast features Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, and Alan Hale, Jr.. The film was written by Richard H. Landau and Robb White from White's novel, produced by Aubrey Schenk, and directed by Gordon Douglas.


Lt. Kenneth Braden, a newly trained Navy Frogman, is unexpectedly ordered to report for duty without being able to notify his new girlfriend, Sally Johnson, in whom he has taken a serious interest. He is informed that she is an officer of Naval Intelligence and was responsible for a recent confirmation of his character and fitness for a special mission.

Submarine commander Stevenson (whose crew's morale is shaky because of the arguably unnecessary death of a crew member on his last mission) is ordered to take Braden to Kosrae to photograph a code book located at the Japanese radio station on the island. The skipper originally told Braden that he would have to swim a considerable distance, but upon arrival he decides to enter Lelu Harbor and remain there while Braden carries out his mission.

After Braden returns, Stevenson dictates a letter accusing himself of putting his submarine and crew in danger in order to make Braden's mission easier. When they reach Pearl Harbor, Braden obliquely tells Stevenson that the crew "lost" his letter. Sally Johnson is waiting at the dock to greet Braden.


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  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34

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