Service in the Merchant Marine means saying goodbye, keep the home fires burning. It is loose lips sink ships, a convoy tiptoeing through a dead-thick fog. It is the ear-splitting clatter of ack-acks and cries of aircraft sighted, all hands. It is fear, bravery and just doing a job. It is – good luck and Godspeed – the lifeblood of democracy’s arsenal.
Action in the North Atlantic is a World War II salute to Allied forces that supply the war effort and amply lives up to its title, sweeping viewers into the action-filled voyage of a besieged freighter. Humphrey Bogart, himself a World War I seaman and an avid recreational sailor, stars as First Officer Joe Rossi who, along with his captain (Raymond Massey), matches tactics with U-boats and the Luftwaffe. The tactics are searingly on target – so much so that Action in the North Atlantic became a Merchant Marine training film.
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Warner Bros / 1943 / 127 minutes black and white