Alan Hale Jr. is a spittin’ image of his father. You can’t see one and not think of the other.
I hadn’t heard of the Stephen Hopkins vs. Stier. Liberty Ships are interesting because, according to Wiki:
Mass-produced on an unprecedented scale, the Liberty ship came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output . . . Eighteen American shipyards built 2,710 Liberty ships between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design.
Only 4 exist today but apparently many lasted far beyond their original five-year design life. I’m not sure the Germans could have done this. They would have over-built them. Scroll down a little in that Wiki article and there’s an interesting time-lapse photo gallery of the construction of a Liberty ship, starting from Day 2 (laying of the keel plates) to day 24 (ship ready for launching). Yikes. That’s fast production. But for a while there, the Germans could sink them (or other vessels) about as fast as they could be built.
All in all, Action in the North Atlantic is an effective historical movie. I highly recommend it.
On the other hand, I can take or leave A Passage to Marseille. It’s too slow to develop and it’s story-telling through two-layers of flashbacks (flashbacks within flashbacks, if you can believe it) isn’t particularly hard to follow but it begs the question: Who would want to follow it?
This is a movie that has star power but unfortunately that’s about all it has. Yes, there are some good moments with Bogie shooting at German planes but those moments are too few and far between. I guess we’re supposed to be so dazzled by the band getting back together again (Bogart, Rains, Lorre) that we don’t notice the thin script. One reviewer calls it “Papillon in flashback” which isn’t far from the truth. One is better off watching the original (which would come much later, of course) with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
If one wants to watch a French resistance movie, I recommend The Train with Burt Lancaster. His French accent is as non-existent as Bogie’s but it’s a very good movie.