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Run Silent, Run Deep


World War II submarine drama starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. The only time Gable worked with a male co-star, how about that? It can’t quite measure up to some of the really pulse-pounding sub stories, the best of which is the German masterpiece Das Boot, but for its time it’s pretty accurate, filmed in sets built with real sub equipment loaned by the Navy. The least interesting part is the rather derivative story about Gable being obsessed with trying to find and sink the Japanese destroyer that sank his last command. Can anybody say “Captain Ahab?” Every time I see a story set on a sub I always think the same thing: How in hell do people endure that? I’m not a raging claustrophobe, but come on! Insane!