Battle of the Coral Sea (film)

Battle of the Coral Sea is a 1959 war film directed by Paul Wendkos. It stars Cliff Robertson and Gia Scala.[1][2]

Battle of the Coral Sea
Original film poster
Directed byPaul Wendkos
Produced byCharles H. Schneer
Written byStephen Kandel
Daniel B. Ullman
StarringCliff Robertson
Gia Scala
Music byErnest Gold
CinematographyWilfred Cline
Edited byChester W. Schaeffer
Morningside Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
November 1959
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


The crew of an American submarine are on a reconnaissance mission photographing Japanese installations through a periscope camera. When attacked by the Japanese (with similarities to the USS Perch) the submarine is scuttled and the crew is captured. Tortured by the Japanese, with the help of British and Australian prisoners the submarine's officers make an escape bid to get their information to the Allies. The film ends with footage of the Battle of the Coral Sea that according to the film was made possible through the information brought back by the submariners.


Filming locationsEdit

Filming started March 1959.[3] Location filming was done on Santa Catalina Island and the Channel Islands off the coast of California.


  1. ^ "Battle of the Coral Sea (1953) - Paul Wendkos - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  2. ^ BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 26, Iss. 300, (Jan 1, 1959): 157.
  3. ^ FILMLAND EVENTS: Gene Blakeley Set in 'Coral Sea' Los Angeles Times 5 Mar 1959: B12.

External linksEdit