Submarine Seahawk

Submarine Seahawk is a 1958 World War II film directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and starring John Bentley and Brett Halsey. The film was originally released as a double feature with Paratroop Command. The plot tells the story of a by-the-book officer (in his first command in the Pacific war) who is ordered to take his submarine on a reconnaissance mission to locate a fleet of Japanese fighting ships the Allies have lost track of. At first, the rest of the crew resent his distant manner and the way he keeps avoiding taking on the Japanese.

Submarine Seahawk
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Produced byAlex Gordon
Orville H. Hampton
Screenplay byLou Rusoff
StarringJohn Bentley
Brett Halsey
Wayne Heffley
Music byAlexander Laszlo
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton
Edited byHomer Powell
Ronald Sinclair
Golden State Productions
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
December 1958
Running time
83 min.
CountryUnited States



  • John Bentley as Lt. Cmdr. Paul Turner
  • Brett Halsey as Lt. (j.g.) David Shore
  • Wayne Heffley as Cmdr. Dean Stoker
  • Steve Mitchell as CPO Andy Flowers
  • Henry McCann as Seaman Ellis Bellis
  • Paul Maxwell as Lt. Cmdr. Bill Hallohan, XO
  • Nicky Blair as Sam
  • Frank Gerstle as Capt. Boardman
  • Jan Brooks as Mrs. Ellen Turner
  • Mabel Rea as Maisie
  • Leon Tyler as Ed
  • Hal Bogart as Radio Operator
  • Frank Watkins as Bearded Sonar Man
  • Don Fenwick as Radio Operator
  • Marilyn Hanold as Nancy


Submarine Seahawk was the last film produced by Alex Gordon for AIP. Gordon was unhappy that he was never given money owed for his films - a complaint echoed by others who worked for AIP including Jack Rabin, Edward Bernds, Herman Cohen, Sid Pink and Bert I. Gordon.[1] Gordon also recalled her received footage to use from the 1943 Warner Bros. films Destination Tokyo and Air Force through his brother Richard Gordon.[2]


  1. Gary A. Smith, American International Pictures: The Golden Years, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 104
  2. p. 95 Weaver, Tom Alex Gordon Interview in Eye on Science Fiction: 20 Interviews with Classic SF and Horror Filmmakers McFarland, 1 Jan 2003

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