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Assault on a Queen

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Subject: Jack Donohue (director), Frank Sinatra, Submarine films, USCGC Androscoggin (WHEC-68), Frank Sinatra filmography
Collection: 1960S Crime Thriller Films, 1966 Films, American Films, Heist Films, Submarine Films
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Assault on a Queen

Assault on a Queen
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Donohue
Produced by William Goetz
Written by Rod Serling
Starring Frank Sinatra
Virna Lisi
Anthony Franciosa
Music by Duke Ellington
Nathan Van Cleave
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Seven Arts Productions
Sinatra Enterprises
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates June 15, 1966
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Box office $2.7 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Assault on a Queen is a 1966 American action-adventure film, directed by Jack Donohue, starring Frank Sinatra and Italian beauty Virna Lisi. Based on a 1959 novel by Jack Finney, it was adapted for the screen by Rod Serling and released by Paramount Pictures on June 15, 1966.


  • Plot summary 1
  • Production notes 2
  • Cast 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Plot summary

A World War II-era German submarine missing for 20 years is retrieved in the Bahamas by diver Mark Brittain, hired by the wealthy Rosa Lucchesi and her partner, Vic Rossiter, who have been searching for Spanish galleons.

The recovery of the sub results in a plot devised by Eric Lauffnauer, a U-boat officer during the war, to pull a daring million-dollar heist on the British ocean liner Queen Mary, which he and the others plan to rob on the high seas while the liner is making a transatlantic crossing.

Brittain gets the sub in working order with the assistance of his own partner, Linc, and a new man, Moreno, a war hero and expert with engines. Disguised as officers from a British vessel on a top-secret mission, Brittain, Rossiter and Lauffnauer board the Queen Mary, where they seize the bullion in the cargo hold. The captain complies after the pirates threaten to open fire on the ship and its civilian passengers.

Rossiter's greed leads to his being killed by a member of the Queen's crew. Brittain must abandon the money when Lauffnauer prepares to dive the sub without him. A U.S. Coast Guard cutter in the vicinity comes to the ocean liner's aid. Lauffnauer elects to fire the sub's torpedoes at it. When the others protest, he pulls a gun. Rosa tries to stop him and Lauffnauer accidentally shoots his friend, Moreno. The Coast Guard cutter destroys the torpedoes that Lauffnauer manages to fire from the U-boat. Brittain, Rosa and Linc dive off the sub, just before it is rammed by the Americans. They survive, paddling a raft, but their mission has resulted in three deaths and netted them nothing.

Production notes

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter seen in the film was portrayed by the Miami, Florida-based USCGC Androscoggin (WHEC-68).

The USCGC Minnetonka (WHEC-67) is also listed in the film's final credits, since some of the scenes also used Minnetonka. At the time of filming, Minnetonka was homeported in Long Beach, California, close to Paramount's studio facilities in Hollywood.



  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8

External links

  • at Internet Movie DatabaseAssault on a Queen
  • Entry at Turner Classic Movies database
  • Entry at
  • Shot of a scene of the movie
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