Watched Operation Petticoat [Blu-ray] (1959)
3.5/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 7.3/10)
I've seen this several times before, but I recently replaced my DVD with a BluRay of this title.
The BluRay video is a little grainy, and I'm not sure if its much better than the DVD.
It's nice to see Madlyn Rhue, famous round these parts for her role in Star Trek "Space Seed" (1967) as Lt. Marla McGivers.
Cary Grant volunteered for British Navy in WWII but was turned down because he was too old.
I was watching Tony Curtis on Cary Grant
in which Tony Curtis is talking about when he was a boy seeing Cary Grant in Destination Tokyo (1944), and hoping one day to be able to act in a movie with him. 15 years later he did, also a submarine film.
Interestingly the 1944 and 1959 submarine set interiors, especially the captains quarters, were identical -- obviously not including the revisions with car steering wheels, corsets, and golf clubs.
Watched Destination Tokyo (1944)
2.2/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.3/10)
[hmm, AVS just lost a bunch of my text. What did I say?]
Destination Tokyo is a black and white film about the role of a submarine in the coordinated bombing of Tokyo.The film is deadly dull for the first 90 minutes, with not very interesting interactions between characters. This movie would have appealed to a very different generation. If you're still around for the last half hour, it gets better.
One of the senior sailors remarks to a junior replacement: 'All submarines look alike. We get shot at by American destroyers and bombers. '
The offbeat casting of Cary Grant as a submarine captain pays off in this tense WWII underwater picture; he ably trades in his sophistication for the sweaty close quarters of an action movie. The mission? Infiltrate the mined harbor of Tokyo itself, a feat bookended by a brief confrontation in the Aleutians and a depth-charge chase through the open sea. Skipper Grant is supported by the usual stock crew of Navy melting-pot types, with John Garfield drawing duty as the resident dame-crazy fantasist. (Somebody forgot to put the saltpeter in his chow, apparently.) The solid action alternates with dialogue that tends toward the schmaltzy or jingoistic (the movie's become somewhat notorious for its unusually nasty propagandistic jabs at the Japanese enemy). Destination Tokyo was the directing debut of Delmer Daves, who would later excel in smart Westerns such as 3:10 to Yuma.The story is (mostly) true. The lone crewman who was ever killed was not knifed by a rescued Japanese pilot, but they did perform an appendectomy in the galley. Sure, it's an American wartime rah-rah, stir up people's patriotism effort, made at a time when it was not entirely clear just who would win the war, but it's still fine entertainment with just the right touch of humor