It's 1943 during WWII and at Pearl Harbor, a Navy submarine commander (Clark Gable) is currently holding a desk job after losing his submarine to a Japanese destroyer one year before. When he is given a new submarine command, there's only one thing on his mind ..... getting the Japanese destroyer that downed his submarine. Based on the novel by Edward L. Beach Jr., this is a tight and lean action film with no flabby subplots or extraneous romance (the only female in the film is Mary LaRoche briefly seen as Gable's wife) to hold it back. Directed by Robert Wise, the film is as focused as Gable's character in getting down to business. Once we're on the submarine, we're in there for the remainder of the film with no respite from the tension from either the ship's crew which threatens to snap at any minute nor the sub's dangerous mission. Only once did it falter: a minor character that may as well have had "I'm going to die before this movie is over" tattooed on his forehead! With Burt Lancaster as Gable's adversarial second in command, Jack Warden, Don Rickles, Brad Dexter and Joe Maross.