American sub commander Ferraday (Rock Hudson) and his crew navigate dangerous waters in this Cold War nail-biter. Sent under false pretenses to the North Pole, Ferraday and his eclectic crew — a Russian defector (Ernest Borgnine), a British secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) and a Marine captain (Jim Brown) — are actually racing a Russian sub to retrieve top secret information. But there’s a double agent among the crew, and time is running out.
One of Hollywood’s top action directors of the late 1950s and 1960s, John Sturges, for a time, was a name associated almost exclusively with large-scale action-adventure films. A one-time assistant in RKO’s blueprint department, Sturges spent most of his early career in the studio’s art department and editing room (an especially productive department, where directors Robert Wise and Mark Robson also got their starts), before joining David O. Selznick as a production assistant and later as an editor. He became a director in the U.S. Army Air Force, making documentary and training films, including Thunderbolt, in collaboration with veteran director William Wyler. He returned to Hollywood as a director and, for a time, made successful if fairly undistinguished films (mostly action or suspense) until 1954, when he took on Bad Day at Black Rock. Sturges, who had shown a knack for working with the increasingly difficult Spencer Tracy (in The People Against O’Hara), coaxed a great performance… read more