In Harm's Way

In Harm's Way (1965)

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Other mistake: After being torpedoed, John Wayne orders Burke to radio Pearl Harbor. Burke asks "And break radio silence?" to which Wayne sarcastically replies "don't you think the Japanese know our position?" Actually, a submerged WWII sub could not transmit (radio) without surfacing. Having run up on the submerged sub by chance, only the sub knew their position at that moment. Breaking radio silence did in fact give their position away to the Japanese command.

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Suggested correction: A W WII submarine usually surfaced to fire a torpedo thus raising a radio antenna above the water, allowing broadcasting.

Surface torpedo attacks occurred only at night less they give away their position in daylight.

Factual error: When Rock is shaving, and then when he goes to Eddington's cabin, both cabins and the passageway have fluorescent lights. Since this type of lighting wasn't commercially available until earlier in 1941, it is unlikely that an elderly heavy cruiser like "Swayback" would have been equipped with such modern lighting.

Factual error: As the captain is chasing the Cassidy through Pearl Harbor, we see an impressive number of radar antennas. Most Navy ships did not have radar at that time. Also when the fleet is ordered to search for the Japanese Force, it's pointed out that none have radar.

Revealing mistake: During the attack on Pearl Harbor, we see a sailor cut the stern line so the destroyer can get underway. But the bow line is still attached as the ship is supposedly moving off.

Continuity mistake: After USS Cassidy joins Torrey's group, Mac is on the bridge conversing with another officer, and the "Swayback" is visible on the port quarter. A submarine contact is made at 020/2000 yards which would be even further to starboard, and the Cassidy prosecutes the contact. Then the "Swayback" gets hit with two torpedoes on the PORT side.

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Factual error: When Kirk Douglas is at the morgue to identify his wife's body, he asks the attendant about the man she was brought in with. The attendant replies, "The Army Air Force claimed the body this morning." Unlike Britain, the United States had no Air Force until 1947. A correct reply would have been "The Army..." or "The Army Air Corps..."

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Question: Why is Eddington's black eye on the left side of his face when he got hit by a left handed punch on the right side of his face?

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