The Deep Six

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The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in the WWII drama The Deep Six. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery officer Alec Austin, a Quaker whose sincere pacifist sentiments do not sit well with his crew members. When he refuses to fire upon an unidentified plane, the word spreads that Austin cannot be relied upon in battle (never mind that the plane turns out to be one of ours). To prove that he's worthy of command, Austin volunteers for a dangerous mission: the rescue of a group of US pilots on a Japanese-held island. The ubiquitous William Bendix costars as Frenchy Shapiro (!), Austin's Jewish petty officer and severest critic. If the film has a villain, it is Keenan Wynn as ambitious Lt. Commander Edge, who seems to despise anyone who isn't a mainline WASP.

  1. Martin Dibner


  2. Harry Brown


  3. Rudolph Maté


Top Billed Cast

  1. Alan Ladd

    Alan Ladd

    Alexander 'Alec' Austen

  2. Dianne Foster

    Dianne Foster

    Susan Cahill

  3. William Bendix

    William Bendix

    'Frenchy' Shapiro

  4. Keenan Wynn

    Keenan Wynn

    Lt. Cmdr. Mike Edge

  5. James Whitmore

    James Whitmore

    Cmdr. Warren Meredith

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The Deep Six
The Deep Six


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Status Released

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  • January 15, 1958


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 45m

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