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The Enemy Below

Robert Mitchum. Photo: 20th Century Fox

One of Dick Powellā€™s most popular movies as director is also a classic in the genre of submarine movies; set during World War II, the story pits two captains against each other, an American (Robert Mitchum) on a destroyer and a German (Curd JĆ¼rgens) on a submarine. Tension builds quickly as the two men try to outsmart each other; both perspectives are well covered and an effort has been made to portray the Germans as very disdainful of the Nazi leadership back home. The militaristic blood-thirst of the novel has been replaced with a degree of mutual respect between the captains. Thrilling, with spectacular effects, and a good performance by JĆ¼rgens.

1957-U.S. 98 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced and directed byĀ Dick Powell. Screenplay: Wendell Mayes. Novel: D.A. Rayner. Visual Effects: Walter Rossi. Cast: Robert Mitchum (Captain Murrell), Curd JĆ¼rgens (Captain von Stolberg), Theodore Bikel (ā€œHeinieā€ Schwaffer), Doug McClure, Russell Collins, David Hedison.

Oscar: Best Special Effects.

Last word:Ā “This was an important picture for me because it was the first film after the war in which a German officer was not interpreted as a freak.” (JĆ¼rgens, The New York Times)



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