After his lucrative teaming with Gary Cooper in VERA CRUZ, Burt Lancaster and his partners, Harold Hecht and James Hill, decided to pair Lancaster with the fading but still popular Clark Gable. Gable plays Commander Richardson, the only survivor when the submarine he commands is sunk by a
Japanese destroyer dubbed "Bongo Pete." Back at Pearl Harbor, he is given command of another submarine, the Nerka
, but on it he encounters much dissension. Lt. Bledsoe (Lancaster), the sub's executive officer, is upset because he expected to get the command, and the crew refuses to trust a
commander who is the sole survivor of a sunken vessel. Richardson battles frequently ...