Battle Of The Coral Sea (Columbia 1959, Cliff Robertson, Teru Shimada)

Battle Of The Coral Sea (Columbia 1959, Cliff Robertson, Teru Shimada)


During the early days of the Second World War, US submarine Dragonfish, skippered by Lieutenant Commander Jeff Conway (Cliff Robertson), heads into Japanese waters on a dangerous reconnaissance mission. Conway’s task is to track down and photograph the Fifth Carrier Division of the Japanese fleet using a camera installed in the periscope.

But, as the crew returns with the photographs to safe waters, they are captured and transported to a small island owned by Eurasion, Karen Phillips (Gia Scala). There they are imprisoned along with a number of Australian troops and interrogated by dignified commandant, Mori (Teru Shimada).

At first Phillips (who acts as an interpreter) seems to be siding with the Japanese. But when Mori is replaced by cruel Captain Yamazaki (James T Goto), she risks her life to aid the prisoners’ escape. Helped also by brave Australian nurse, Peg Whitcomb (Patricia Cutts), Conway and two of his officers manage to flee the island on a captured enemy boat and break through Japanese lines. The intelligence information they deliver to the American fleet ultimately ensures an Allied victory at the crucial Battle of the Coral Sea .

Rugged Cliff Robertson was no stranger to the waves, having been a Merchant Marine in the ’40s. He would later be handpicked by JFK to portray him as a raw naval lieutenant in the presidential biopic PT-109 (1963) and went on to win an Oscar for his performance as the mentally retarded Charly (1968).



crew details

  • Writer: Daniel Ullman, Stephen Kandel (from a story by Stephen Kandel)
    Producer: Charles H. Schncer
    Director: Paul Wendkos

production info

  • Year of Release: 1959
  • Country: USA | Columbia
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 86 minutes

Cliff Robertson

Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway

Gia Scala

Karen Philips

Teru Shimada

Comm. Mori

Patricia Cutts

Lt. Peg Whitcomb

Gene Blakely

Lt. Len Ross

Rian Garrick

Al Schechter

L.Q. Jones

Yeoman Halliday

Robin Hughes

Maj. Jammy Harris

Gordon Jones

Torpedoman Bates

Tom Laughlin

Ens. Franklin