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Submarine D-1 (1937)

Navy officers fall for Ann. She has her own plans. USS Pensacola is struck during a last dive drill, there is an attempt to rescue. The USS Dolphin (D-1) and her crew depart from ... See full summary »


Lloyd Bacon


Frank Wead (screen play), Warren Duff (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... 'Butch' Rogers
George Brent ... Lt. Commander Matthews
Wayne Morris ... 'Sock' McGillis
Frank McHugh ... 'Lucky'
Doris Weston ... Ann Sawyer
Henry O'Neill ... Admiral Thomas
Dennie Moore ... Arabella
Veda Ann Borg ... Dolly
Regis Toomey ... Tom Callan


Navy officers fall for Ann. She has her own plans. USS Pensacola is struck during a last dive drill, there is an attempt to rescue. The USS Dolphin (D-1) and her crew depart from Connecticut to San Diego via the Panama Canal. They come into troubles.

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Release Date:

27 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Submarino D-1 See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The submarine "D-1" in the film was actually the U.S.S. Dolphin (SS-169). She was commissioned at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1932 and then moved to San Diego where she was home-ported at the time of this film. During WWII she performed three war patrols from 1941 to 1942, then served as a training sub out of Pearl Harbor until 1944. She was moved to the sub base at New London, CT and served as a school boat until being decommissioned in October, 1945 and sold for scrap in August, 1946. See more »


Throughout the movie Naval personnel are shown wearing their covers (hats) indoors. In the U.S. Navy covers are only worn indoors if a person is on watch, therefore almost every occurrence in the movie is incorrect. See more »


Featured in The United States Navy Band (1943) See more »


Bringing in the Sheaves
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by George A. Minor (1880)
Words by Knowles Shaw (1847)
Briefly sung a cappella by Frank McHugh
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Old Navy Salts will enjoy this movie. GO NAVY
21 October 2017 | by vicjenjSee all my reviews

What a delightful surprise this movie was. It had all of the stereotypes of the Navy and sailors, although most of them are true. This movie had lots of submarines, ships, port calls, bar fights, women, military friendships, practical jokes, friendly rivalries, military training, deaths, and daring rescues.

My favorite part of this movie was the fun and powerful actors. Sock McGillis (Wayne Morris) stole the show for me as he progresses from an immature senior Petty Office First Class to becoming a professional and dedicated sailor that gets promoted to Chief Petty Officer. Throughout the movie Sock McGillis and Chief Petty Officer Butch Rogers (Pat O'Brien) are competing for the love of the wonderful Ann Sawyer (Doris Weston). The competition for the girl is dedicated, heartfelt and usually comical. Sock's best friend is Lucky (Frank McHugh) who is an unpolished junior sailor who progresses to a valuable sailor while providing laughs along the way. This movie is so much fun even before I mention on of my favorite actors George Brent, who plays the always calm Lt. Commander Matthews.

While this movie was made 80 years ago it is amazing how so much of the challenges and routines illustrated in this movie are still relevant to today's Navy. I am sure that one of the reasons that I enjoyed this more than the average IMDb viewer is because I spent over 20 years in the Navy. I really believe this is a must see for Old Salts such as myself.

Victor J. --- USN RETIRED 2009

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