The New Pictures, Jan. 4, 1943

Stand By for Action (M.G.M.), the story of a U.S. destroyer, is a Hollywood counterpart of Noel Coward's In Which We Serve (TIME, Dec. 28). As such it brilliantly exhibits Hollywood's limitations. Its action is fully as exciting, its battle scenes even more spectacular than those in In Which We Serve. The only thing it lacks is real people.

Stand By tells the adventures of a patched-up 26-year-old four-stacker in the Pacific. The story is given a piquant twist by the fact that the destroyer goes into its big battle with a maternity ward...

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