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The Battle of Midway (1942)

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.


(as Lt. Cmdr. John Ford U.S.N.R.)

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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Logan Ramsey ...
James Roosevelt ...
Himself - US Army Major (as Major Roosevelt)


On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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14 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Batalha de Midway  »

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No sound was recorded of the battle. All of the sounds were created in the studio. See more »


Featured in Wing and a Prayer (1944) See more »


U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
(1868) (uncredited)
(also called "The Marines' Hymn")
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genevieve de Brabant" (1868)
Lyrics by L.Z. Phillips (1919) (unconfirmed)
Sung by marching Marines
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This is the real thing here-not a re-enactment
11 October 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This incredible compilation of footage won an Academy Award. It was shot by a crew of war cameramen that included John Ford, who I understand actually took some of the footage himself! While watching this, remember that you generally can effectively aim either a camera or a weapon at any one time, but not both and, as a cameraman has his eye to the lense while shooting, that means that he's exposed to all of the nasty stuff flying all around him with little or no cover! That's called "grace under pressure". They got an Oscar and deserved a medal! Highly recommended.

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