Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Submarine Alert 1943

     During WWII, Nazi and Japanese spies killed the inventor of a shortwave transmitter prototype to steal his device.  They want to use it to broadcast top-secret shipping information to an offshore Japanese submarine.  The US Government arranges for the West Coast’s top radio engineers to be fired from their jobs.  They will follow them and see if the Nazi/Japanese organization recruits any of them for their purposes.  They are needed to complete the work needed on the prototype radio.  Engineer Lew Deerhold is a US resident alien.  He is very distressed when he is fired because he needs money for his ward's life-saving operation.  He is the one recruited by the spy ring to finish the work on the device.
     There is a LOT of running back and forth, especially in the dark?  It's difficult to see what is going on in the dark.  I couldn't tell which side the people were on?  The device was important because tankers were in danger of being torpedoed by the submarine and several were sunk.  The idea for this film was quickly generated during a switch by Hollywood to war themes to attract audiences.  3* (This movie was OK)

66 min, Thriller, War directed by Frank McDonald with Richard Arlen, Wendy Barrie, Nils Asther, Roger Pryor, Abner Biberman, Marc Lawrence, John Miljan, Patsy Nash, Ralph Sanford.

Note:  Imdb 5.5 out of 10, Amazon 3.5* out of 5* with 2 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Los Angeles, California.  The original copyright older didn’t renew the film’s copyright and anyone could duplicate and sell this movie.  Many available versions are badly edited and can be of poor quality.  There is a mistake in this film.  The bombers are shown as a single seat P-40 but later there at least two people in the planes?

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