Also known as Trapped in a Submarine, the British Men Like These was inspired by the real-life Poseidon submarine disaster. A British sub, chugging its way through Chinese waters, is broadsided by a cargo boat. As water fills the doomed vessel, director Walter Summers concentrates on the behavior of the engine crew. Under the cool-headed leadership of the chief petty officer, the nervous crewmen allow the water to rise to neck level, then don safety jackets to make their escape through the turret (exactly what happened in the "Poseidon" incident). Men Like These runs a tight 60 minutes, with 50 of those minutes devoted to the accident, the aftermath, and the escape.
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