- May 2011
- New Iberia, La.
TRIVIA - RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP
- 1. Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster did not get along during the shoot. Lancaster made jokes about Gable’s age. Gable refused to work past 5 and would leave in the middle of a scene. Since Lancaster was a co-producer and the film ran overtime and overbudget, this became frustrating. Gable did not want to play a captain that lost his command, he felt it did not fit his image. He sat out two days over this issue and only returned when the script was changed so the captain lost command because of a head injury. (Another example of an actor insisting on something that made the plot worse.)
- 2. The actual Akikaze did not play the role of a hunter as depicted in the movie. It was sunk when it purposely intercepted a torpedo aimed at the carrier Junyo it was escorting.
- 3. The actors in the sub crew went through training on how to run a sub. The movie has been commended for its accurate depiction of the attack procedure.
- 4. The older/younger commander dynamic was used again by director Wise for the first “Star Trek” movie. He used the stationary subs hunting each other in his “Wrath of Khan”.
- 5. This was Don Rickles’ first film. He was on a motor torpedo boat tender in WWII. He was in charge of morale. Just kidding.
- 6. The movie starts off badly with Richardson’s previous boat being sunk in Bungo Straits early in the war. First, a U.S. sub would not have been that deep into Japanese waters at that time and if it was, there is no way the crew could have been rescued.
- 7. The author Edward Beach did not like the movie. He once commented that all the studio did was buy the title.
- 8. The movie was basically a combination of “Moby Dick” (with the Akikaze being the white whale) and “Mutiny on the Bounty” (with its command dysfunction).
- 9. The movie was overshadowed at the box office by “Operation Petticoat”.