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Deep Six, The (1958)

When Alan Ladd turned producer/star through his Jaguar company just after his career peaked with Shane (1953), he stuck to formula film-making with old cronies.

The Deep Six is a wartime drama starring Ladd as Alec Austen – a Quaker who is bound by his religion to be a pacifist.

When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, he is called up and assigned to the navy as a gunnery officer – but his colleagues are afraid that he will let them down if they are attacked.

The issue is never properly resolved, but the film is slickly made and quite watchable, with strong supporting performances from William Bendix and Keenan Wynn.


Lieutenant Alec Austen
Alan Ladd
Susan Cahill
Dianne Foster
Frenchy Shapiro
William Bendix
Lieutenant Commander Edge
Keenan Wynn
Commander Meredith
James Whitmore
Lieutenant Blanchard
Efrem Zimbalist Jr
Clair Innes
Barbara Eiler
Ross Bagdasarian
Mrs Austen
Jeanette Nolan
Paul Clemson
Walter Reed
Lt Dooley
Peter Hansen

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