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      Stand by for Action

      Released Dec 31, 1942 1h 49m War List
      Reviews 17% Audience Score 50+ Ratings During World War II, Gregg Masterman (Robert Taylor) goes from playboy to patriot when he is called for duty. As the privileged draftee swiftly ascends the ranks within the Navy, Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas (Charles Laughton) assigns him to serve under Lt. Cmdr. Martin J. Roberts (Brian Donlevy), a tough World War I veteran. Despite the extreme contrast between their military careers, Masterman and Roberts must join forces if they hope to defeat the mighty Japanese battleship headed their way. Read More Read Less

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      Steve D There are better options but it isn't bad. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Bill T A very.. ODD war movie about an old ship that's brought back into action and the collection of salty seamen collected to run it. It runs as a very straightforward, straight laced war movie until the half way point, until they rescue 2 women and 20 babies and THEN it becomes this weird lighthearted comedy about the babies on the war boat. It tries to veer back on course in the third act, but you can tell it's trying desperately to balance itself out (there's more sublots of a soldier returning for duty after many years, and uh. Charles Laughton! But it's all somewhat hopeless. Obvious ending here, Not worth yo.r while, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Fine WW2 naval drama. Not entirely realistic, and a touch overly sentimental, but still good fun and well worth watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis During World War II, Gregg Masterman (Robert Taylor) goes from playboy to patriot when he is called for duty. As the privileged draftee swiftly ascends the ranks within the Navy, Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas (Charles Laughton) assigns him to serve under Lt. Cmdr. Martin J. Roberts (Brian Donlevy), a tough World War I veteran. Despite the extreme contrast between their military careers, Masterman and Roberts must join forces if they hope to defeat the mighty Japanese battleship headed their way.
      Director
      Robert Z. Leonard
      Producer
      Robert Z. Leonard, Orville O. Dull
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
      Genre
      War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 31, 1942, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 26, 2015
      Runtime
      1h 49m
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