A few gaffs

After James Garner gets out from patching the hull and the Japanese plane has been shot down, he is talking up to the captain and the sound of passing planes can be clearly heard.

Also, when he lands on the island and runs across the beach - it is the same beach that he and Andra Martin as Sally Johnson are on in the opening scene of the movie.

There is also a red-winged blackbird chirping amongst the exotic jungle sounds on the island.

And, though I'm no expert, if you use your sonar - aren't you announcing your location? When they went over the reef during 'silent running', they use the sonar to determine the reef's location.


I'm also no expert, but I believe there are different modes of sonar: active and passive. Passive sonar can use sounds that already are present in the ocean to locate certain things, whereas active sonar means putting a sound out there which bounces off things to create a detailed map of all your surroundings. This sound is easily picked up by other vessels.

I imagine that apart of silent running would be switching to passive sonar, however I don't know how affective that would be in determining your distance from something inert like a reef.

So basically, I'm no help at all. Sorry!

Good spot on the blackbird by the way - I'd never have noticed that. It reminds me of a story I heard, that claims out of the thousands of species of frogs in the world, only one actually makes the "ribbit" sound we attribute to all frogs. That's the Southern Pacific Tree Frog which is native to LA. Therefore any film requiring the sound of frogs croaking uses stock sound effects recorded in Hollywood, despite its setting.

That's the kind of thing I find really interesting, which probably means I should find a hobby or get out more or something...


I just watched it and found it enjoyable.

A few things:

What the heck is "Warnerscope"? a film process, obviously. But what were the details?

I also thought some of the filming angles were inventive. For instance: in the three man cabin, Alan Hale Jr. (the Skipper) gets in his bunk. We see from "behind his bunk", shooting up. We capture his face and also James Garner's face in a chair. Nice angle, Nice framing.


Warnerscope was an anamorphic process pretty much identical to CinemaScope.

Yes, I noticed and appreciated that shot, too. Nice uses of the widescreen frame all around.

Poe! You are...avenged!


US Navy fathometers emit a sonar "ping" but it goes straight down -- not radiates out horizontally. The ping is timed from the moment it sounds until the return echo. Internally, it calculates the depth of water under the keel. Fathometers can be operated in continuous "ping" mode where secrecy isn't a consideration or "single ping" for enhanced security.


It might not be a gaffe, but at the bar, James Garner gets served a half glass of black stuff, but on close-up he is drinking a full glass of what looks like beer.


When the sub is crash diving to avoid a strafing attack, the crew hustles below and leaves the Browning M-2 50 caliber machine guns still attached to their mounts on the conning tower. These guns were definitely not designed to be submerged in salt water. They would have been detached and taken below with the crew.


These guns were definitely not designed to be submerged in salt water.
I would have thought so.🐭


good call ... I saw that as well.


Maybe not a goof, or gaff, but at one point when the plane is strafing them and the destroyer is after them, the camera does a quick sweep of the ocean, and you can make out a small island nearby. I thought they were supposed to be out in the middle of the Pacific by then, in transit to their op area.

Also, at one point when the command to dive the boat is given, one of the officers says "Dive!" three times. I learned from some other sub movie that the correct verbal order for "Dive" is to say "Dive" twice, not three times.

Also, in the IMDb cast list, Alan Hale, Jr.'s character is listed as Lt. Pat Malone, which would denote a rank of full lieutenant. IIRC, in the movie, he was promoted (after 15 years!?) from the rank of Ensign to Lieutenant j.g., not to full Lieutenant.

But of course these are minor quibbles. The important thing to look for in the movie was Andra Martin in a bathing suit.


A frequent error in submarine movies is sounding the diving alarm (klaxon) three times and announcing "Dive, dive, dive" on the 1MC (PA system). This is wrong. When diving, the klaxon is sounded TWICE and "Dive, dive" is announced. When surfacing, the klaxon is sounded three times and the announcement "Surface, surface, surface" is made.
(from a submarine veteran)

And roger that on the bathing suit!


I love sub movies! It was from the goofs board on "Destination Tokyo" that I learned about the proper command for Dive:

Factual errors: When the submarine first dives, the diving alarm incorrectly sounds three times with the announcement of "dive, dive, dive." The correct procedure for diving is two sounds with the announcement of "dive, dive," and surfacing is three sounds followed by "surface, surface, surface."

"I've always tried to teach you two things. First: Never let them see you bleed. Second: Always have an escape plan." — Q


I think that's what I said...


How about the banging on the pipes to lead Garner back to the sub? that noise would attract every Japanese sub and ship within 200 miles.


Also, when he lands on the island and runs across the beach - it is the same beach that he and Andra Martin as Sally Johnson are on in the opening scene of the movie


Yeas it did look familiar.


I am not an expert on Island topography, but the sub was on the bottom of the lagoon. Garner swam out from the sub from that location.

So was does he land on the island from the sea?