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
Lieutenant Commander Edge
Efrem Zimbalist Jr