Free Movie “RUN SILENT RUN DEEP” One of the Best World War 2 Films


Our friends over at the Gateway Military Historical Society are presenting a FREE showing of the classic World War 2 submarine film RUN SILENT RUN DEEP. This will take place at the Galleria 6 Cinema on Saturday March 16th at 10:00 am. This movie is open to everyone.

A movie’s lasting value can often be measured by its influence in the years and decades following its original release, and on that basis Run Silent, Run Deep is certainly a classic of sorts. It remains one of the seminal World War II submarine pictures, and its intelligent script and tautly executed action are clearly echoed in such later submarine dramas as Das Boot and especially Crimson Tide, which borrows liberally from this 1958 film.

In one of his best and final roles (he appeared in only four films after this), Clark Gable plays a submarine captain without a command, having been saddled with a desk job after his previous ship was destroyed due to his overzealous pursuit of the enemy in dangerous Japanese waters. He finally gets another boat–this time with a vigilant first officer (Burt Lancaster), who stands poised to assume command if Gable puts his crew in unnecessary danger. The tension and mutual respect between these two principled men is superbly written and directed (Robert Wise was just two years away from his triumph with West Side Story), and the crucial inclusion of a strong supporting cast (including Jack Warden and Don Rickles) enhances the movie’s compelling authenticity. Based on a novel by former submarine commander Edward L. Beach, Run Silent, Run Deep is rousing entertainment with the added benefit of paying honorable tribute to the men who navigated through the most frightening and claustrophobic channels of the Pacific theater. –Jeff Shannon

Grab your friends and take a bit of time to remember what our fathers and grandfathers went through during the war in the South Pacific.

Enjoy the film,




For those with wet feet and enjoy ships

As I was walking through the store yesterday I stopped to look at some of the completed models that customers have placed in our display case over the years. One of the things that have always fascinated me are the ship models. Here are three of them. The first is the Fujimi 1/350 scale model of the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Kongo, built by Allan Bone of O’Fallon Missouri. Allan built this model from the Fujimi kit and added etched metal detail parts and a laser cut wood decking material along with a lot of hard work.

IJN Battleship KONGO photo of model

IJN Battleship KONGO Fujimi kit by Allan Bone

The next model, while only being about half the physical size or so is still the same scale of 1/350. This is the IJN Yukikazi. This Kagero Class destroyer was built using several kits for parts and many etched metal and hand made detail parts. The model is configured for Operation Ten-Go on April 6th & 7th, 1945. The late Dan Keck of University City Missouri was the builder. Dan was an exceptional ship model builder.

IJN Yukikazi model photo

Photo of the IJN Yukikazi model on display at Mark Twain Hobby Center Saint Charles Missouri

And the last to be seen in this post is another model by Dan Keck. This is the USS Buchanan DD 484 as it appeared November 13 and 14 1942 during night action at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Please excuse the pictures, hopefully I will do better next time. These models show you just what can be accomplished with the different kits that are available, along with patience and research.

Happy sailing