RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (1958): In Run Silent, Run Deep, Clark Gable plays a WWII submarine Commander with an Ahab-like fixation on the Japanese destroyer that sank his previous vessel. Burt Lancaster is his executive officer who stands up to the obsessed Commander, and the two go toe-to-toe as they realize that this submarine isn’t big enough for the both of them. Run Silent, Run Deep features the film debut of Don Rickles as a wisecracking crewman.

Director: Robert Wise

Robert Wise began his career as an editor for Orson Welles (and uncredited director of some sequences of The Magnificent Ambersons). After working with Welles, Wise made his directorial debut with Curse of the Cat People, from notorious horror producer Val Lewton. Wise would find success as a director in almost every genre, including horror (The Body Snatcher, The Haunting), science fiction (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), musical (West Side Story with Jerome Robbins, The Sound of Music), and thriller (The Set-Up, The Andromeda Strain). He is often cited as being an “invisible” director, letting the story dictate the filmmaking technique.

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