Men Without Women

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Disaster, War

Hard-hitting suspenseful story that will leave you wrung out by the gripping drama. The picture begins in Shanghai where a bunch of U.S. sailors are having a wild time in a huge night spot that features anything at all a person might want in the way of liquid or fleshy entertainment. The crew is called for duty and has to say bye-bye to the girls of the...read more

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Hard-hitting suspenseful story that will leave you wrung out by the gripping drama. The picture begins in Shanghai where a bunch of U.S. sailors are having a wild time in a huge night spot that features anything at all a person might want in the way of liquid or fleshy entertainment. The

crew is called for duty and has to say bye-bye to the girls of the club. They return to their submarine carrying various artifacts as well as bottles of hooch. Once on the submarine, they head out to sea, are involved in a collision, and go straight to the bottom. There is no way for them to

escape as the sea water damages various parts of the ship, including the wireless equipment, so there is just a little time before the "S.O.S." ceases. A few other ships have heard the weak signal, and the rest of the film is a race with death as the vessels steam toward the stricken sub. Air is

rapidly getting foul and we see the men reveal themselves under the pressure of their approaching deaths. Divers arrive and go down 90 feet where they attempt to communicate with the trapped men by rapping on the hull. The picture intercuts between the rescuers and the trapped submariners. One by

one, the men go through the torpedo tube and now a problem arises; the captain, Stewart, feels he must stay with the ship, as one man is needed to remain there to pull the levers to free the next to last man. McKenna, however, has a back story; he is a British officer who was cashiered from his

service, and everyone thought he was dead. If he is discovered to be alive, it would be an embarrassment for the woman he loves and left behind. So McKenna whacks Stewart unconscious and sends him through the torpedo tube and stays in the sub, where he will perish. The sailors bob to the surface

one by one and when Stewart comes up and realizes what's happened, he keeps McKenna's secret. While a bugler plays "Taps," the crew stands at attention for the heroism of McKenna, who is still at the bottom of the sea. There have been several "men-under-the-sea" films since, none of which compares

with the tension of this, which may have been the first of the "trapped" genre. This was the first collaboration between Ford and Nichols, a partnership that lasted for years and resulted in several of the most memorable of the macho pictures. Look for John Wayne in a small role. Actor Robert

Parrish later became an editor (winning the Oscar for BODY AND SOUL with Francis Lyons), then a director of many films.

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