Submarine D-1 (1937)

100 mins | Drama | 27 November 1937

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HISTORY

This film carried an onscreen dedication to the U.S. Submarine Service. Its working title was Submarine 262 . The film was shot on Santa Catalina Island and Coronado Beach, San Diego, CA, at New London, CT, and at the Panama Canal. According to a news item in FD on 24 Dec 1937, this film was pulled out of national release during the pre-holiday period; Warner Bros. planned to reopen the picture on Christmas Day, to take advantage of the "post-shopping" trade, for a second-run engagement of two-hundred and eight days. The film's pressbook notes portray Paul (played by Ronald Reagan) as a central figure in the plot: a friend of Ann's since childhood and now an "aviation chief petty officer," he vies for her attentions. None of the film's reviews mentions Reagan's character, although he is listed sixth in the DV preview cast list. According to a modern source, Reagan's part was deleted from the final print; his placement in DV suggests that his part was in the preview print. According to the pressbook, the story for this film had to be approved by the U.S. Navy and the submarine base at New London, CT, in order to protect navy ... More Less

This film carried an onscreen dedication to the U.S. Submarine Service. Its working title was Submarine 262 . The film was shot on Santa Catalina Island and Coronado Beach, San Diego, CA, at New London, CT, and at the Panama Canal. According to a news item in FD on 24 Dec 1937, this film was pulled out of national release during the pre-holiday period; Warner Bros. planned to reopen the picture on Christmas Day, to take advantage of the "post-shopping" trade, for a second-run engagement of two-hundred and eight days. The film's pressbook notes portray Paul (played by Ronald Reagan) as a central figure in the plot: a friend of Ann's since childhood and now an "aviation chief petty officer," he vies for her attentions. None of the film's reviews mentions Reagan's character, although he is listed sixth in the DV preview cast list. According to a modern source, Reagan's part was deleted from the final print; his placement in DV suggests that his part was in the preview print. According to the pressbook, the story for this film had to be approved by the U.S. Navy and the submarine base at New London, CT, in order to protect navy secrets. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Nov 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Nov 37
p. 7.
Film Daily
24 Dec 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
11 Nov 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Nov 37
p. 47.
New York Times
30 Dec 37
p. 15.
Variety
17 Nov 37
p. 16.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
John Shea
Billy Vincent
John Tyrell
Eddie Featherston
Ted Osborne
Fred McKaye
Jim Farley
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Cosmopolitan Production; A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Submarine 262
Release Date:
27 November 1937
Production Date:
ended 11 August 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 November 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7619
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3498
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Navy officers "Butch" Rogers and "Sock" McGillis, former rivals for Ann Sawyer, are reunited with Ann and her fiancé, Tom Callam, at the U.S. Naval Sub-base off Connecticut, from where the U.S.S. Dolphin , called Submarine D-1 , will make her maiden voyage. After Tom is killed when his submarine sinks during a drill, Butch promises to be Ann's guardian, while determined to modernize the submarine navy with a rescue chamber. Butch is then made chief of the D-1 , which will sail to San Diego through the Panama Canal under Lt. Comm. Dan Matthews, an old friend of Butch who needs the success of the D-1 for a navy promotion. Sock and his friend Lucky join the crew of the D-1 for a free ride to San Diego, where Ann has been transferred, and where Lucky plans to meet his fiancée Arabella, who will only marry him if he wins the lottery. En route to Panama, Sock's cocky attitude puts the crew in danger when he floods the main ballast valves and the D-1 is unable to surface, delaying her arrival in Panama. After the D-1 arrives in San Diego, Matthews transfers Butch to the U.S.S. Holland to perfect his rescue chamber and makes the admonished Sock chief of the D-1 . When one of the D-1 's crew is hurt during combat maneuvers, Butch's rescue chamber saves the injured man and Sock just in time. Matthews and Butch then receive accolades from the Bureau of Navigation when the D-1 is recommissioned. Sock wins ... +


Navy officers "Butch" Rogers and "Sock" McGillis, former rivals for Ann Sawyer, are reunited with Ann and her fiancé, Tom Callam, at the U.S. Naval Sub-base off Connecticut, from where the U.S.S. Dolphin , called Submarine D-1 , will make her maiden voyage. After Tom is killed when his submarine sinks during a drill, Butch promises to be Ann's guardian, while determined to modernize the submarine navy with a rescue chamber. Butch is then made chief of the D-1 , which will sail to San Diego through the Panama Canal under Lt. Comm. Dan Matthews, an old friend of Butch who needs the success of the D-1 for a navy promotion. Sock and his friend Lucky join the crew of the D-1 for a free ride to San Diego, where Ann has been transferred, and where Lucky plans to meet his fiancée Arabella, who will only marry him if he wins the lottery. En route to Panama, Sock's cocky attitude puts the crew in danger when he floods the main ballast valves and the D-1 is unable to surface, delaying her arrival in Panama. After the D-1 arrives in San Diego, Matthews transfers Butch to the U.S.S. Holland to perfect his rescue chamber and makes the admonished Sock chief of the D-1 . When one of the D-1 's crew is hurt during combat maneuvers, Butch's rescue chamber saves the injured man and Sock just in time. Matthews and Butch then receive accolades from the Bureau of Navigation when the D-1 is recommissioned. Sock wins Ann for a wife, while Lucky wins the lottery, only to find that salt water has erased the winning numbers; Arabella then refuses to marry him. +

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