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The Battle of Midway (1942)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Documentary, War  |  14 September 1942 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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14 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bitka za Midvej  »

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Director John Ford and cinematographer Joseph H. August were wounded by enemy fire while filming the battle. See more »


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Music by George M. Cohan
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Courageous filming of part of a key battle of WW II
14 August 2008 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

This is a great, short (less than 20 minutes)film of one part of the key battle of the war in the Pacific. Keep it mind, the Battle of Midway was fought in early June, 1942. The darkest days of the Pacific War for America. Pearl Harbor, the Phillipines, Bataan, Corregidor, Wake Island; all American defeats. It is, indeed, a "propaganda" film. Or, at least it was turned into one after John Ford shot it. But the film of the combat itself is no propaganda piece. It took a lot of courage for Ford to stick his cameras out and film while hundreds of Japanese planes struck the island. Many Marines died in the bombing. Ford could easily have been killed. Of necessity, Ford could only film the land portion of the battle, which was an attempt by Japanese naval forces to reduce the island's defenses and then conduct a landing, possibly eventually putting Hawaii in jeopardy with a new, forward Japanese base on Midway. The major part of the battle was a naval battle between carrier forces. An "incredible victory" in the title of the Walter Lord book. Four Japanese aircraft carriers, miles from the filming on Midway itself, were sunk. It was the begging of the end of Japan. The stiff resistance put up by the Marines on Midway, captured by Ford, forced decisions by the Japanese High Command that ultimately led to the sinking of their carriers. Historically interesting film.

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