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|Directed by||Gordon Douglas|
|Produced by||Aubrey Schenck|
|Written by||Richard H. Landau
Robb White (novel)
Alan Hale, Jr.
|Cinematography||Carl E. Guthrie|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$1.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
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.
- James Garner ... Lt. JG. Kenneth M. Braden
- Edmond O'Brien ... Commander Paul Stevenson
- Andra Martin ... Sally Johnson
- Alan Hale, Jr. ... Lt. Pat Malone (billed simply as Alan Hale after his father's death in 1950)
- Carleton Carpenter ... Lt. Phil Carney
- Frank Gifford ... Ensign Cy Mount
- William Leslie ... Lt. Doherty
- Richard Bakalyan ... Seaman Peck
- Edd Byrnes ... Pharmacist Mate Ash (billed as Edward Byrnes)
- Sean Garrison ... Seaman Floyd
- Henry Kulky ... Chief Petty Officer York
- Warren Oates ... Seaman Kovacs
- "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- Up Periscope at the Internet Movie Database
- Up Periscope at the TCM Movie Database
- James Garner Interview on the Charlie Rose Show
- James Garner interview at Archive of American Television
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