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ID This Movie, Please

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by glockten, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. glockten

    glockten Well-Known Member

    I'm reading The Last Stand Of The Tin Can Sailors, a book about the incredible battle off Samar in October '44 in which a Japanese force of 4 battleships, 8 cruisers and 11 destroyers was repulsed by an American task unit of 6 escort carriers, 3 destroyers and 4 destroyer escorts.

    It reminded me of a film I saw years ago, set on a USN destroyer in WWII. All I can recall of it were some interesting scenes of 5"/38 mounts in action, and that the crew of one particular mount featured prominently in the story. I think it was in black and white.

    Scant clues, I know, but do they ring a bell with anyone?
  2. tommytrauma

    tommytrauma Well-Known Member

    Operation Petticoat.
  3. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    Don't know the movie you're referring to, sorry. But the action in the Last Stand was a part of the battle of Leyte Gulf.

    I haven't read the Last Stand & it sounds as though I should. I'd suggest to you to read a history of the entire Leyte Gulf action. Which should cover the particulars as to why those Jeep carriers & DD's found themselves in the situation they did. The major two of which were the Japs ran those battleships, at night, through an extremely narrow & twisty channel to back door enter the gulf & Halsey had our fleet carriers chasing their fleet carriers to the north.

    That channel is the San Bernadino strait, if memory serves me correctly, and it's a minor miracle that those battleships were able to transit it without hitting something very solid.

  4. Moparmike

    Moparmike Well-Known Member

    Its not Operation Petticoat. Operation Petticoat stars Cary Grant and Tony Curtis, and is about a submarine that ends up getting painted pink, then hauling about a dozen nurses when the base comes under attack.

  5. glockten

    glockten Well-Known Member


    I've read books about Leyte Gulf, but this is the first one I've seen that covers the Samar action in detail. The author does a good job of describing the battles in the Sibuyan Sea and Surigao Strait as a prelude to Samar.

    Remarkable fact: One battleship of Kurita's Center Force, Yamato, exceeded in displacement all 13 ships of Task Unit 77.4.3 combined.

    I recommend this book.
  6. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

  7. tommytrauma

    tommytrauma Well-Known Member

    No, you're describing a Magnum PI episode.

    I guess it's not nice to taunt the humor impaired. I apologize.
  8. RCL

    RCL Well-Known Member

    Sounds a lot like "In Harm's Way".
    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Burgess Meredeth..............
  9. Weimadog

    Weimadog Well-Known Member

    There is a scene in that movie where an injured japanese prisoner is being held in the torpedo tube. An enemy ship is within range, and the captain of the pink submarine cannot load a torpedo in the tube. He could launch the injured japanese prisoner, but chooses not to.

    A torpedo is launched using compressed air, so the torpedo tube is not a firearm. I think it may qualify as a gun, though.

    Keeping things on topic.
  10. fslflint

    fslflint Well-Known Member

    is this Samar the island in the Philipines? thats neat, a couple of years ago I went on a missions trip there, more specifically the city of Catbalogan. we fed children and built a playground for an orphanage. stayed in hotel right on the waterfront. would like to know what the movie is so that I could rent it.
  11. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Darn if I don't recall seeing a movie as a kid in the '60s that was b/w. It featured a night battle that impressed me deeply & I had a love for ships since then. It certainly wasn't In Harm's Way as it concerned small ships and big 10,000 ton Brooklyn light cruiser in a day battle.

    I'll post a question at Steel Navy. Somebody there should know.
  12. Moparmike

    Moparmike Well-Known Member

    Huh? I didnt see any indication that it was a joke. A " ;) " does wonders in those cases.

    *shrug* Ehh.

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