S.O.S. Iceberg is really two films in one. Apparently a co-production with Universal in Hollywood, two versions were produced: the aforementioned German film, as well as a version in English, running 76 minutes. The American version uses most of the same actors (with Rod La Rocque replacing Diessl), their scenes re-shot in English. Riefenstahl (here called Ellen Lawrence) is obviously dubbed most of the time, and her part greatly reduced, though the rest of the cast speaks English. One would have assumed that the English version would use all the same footage except for the dialogue-heavy scenes, but this isn’t the case at all. Although the two versions share some footage, even some action scenes were either re-staged later or use alternate takes. (For example, there’s a sequence where a plane smashes into an iceberg and catches fire, and this appears to use different angles or perhaps even an entirely different plane.) — dvdtalk.com
Tay Garnett (born William Taylor Garnett 13 June 1894 – 3 October 1977) was an American film director and writer.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Garnett served as a naval aviator in World War I and entered films as a screenwriter in 1920. He was a gagwriter for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, then joined Pathé and began to direct films in 1928. Among his films are One Way Passage (1932), China Seas (1935), Eternally Yours (1939), Seven Sinners (1940), Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941), The Cross of Lorraine (1943), and Bataan (1943). He is best known as the director of the 1946 thriller The Postman Always Rings Twice with John Garfield and Lana Turner. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) with Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming was also well-received. Garnett also worked in radio as a writer, director and narrator. He created a show titled “Three Sheets to the Wind”(1942) which starred John Wayne as Dan O’Brien, an American private eye posing as a drunk on a luxury liner… read more