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The Battle of Midway (1942)

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

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(as Lt. Cmdr. John Ford U.S.N.R.)
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A short documentary filed during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. Focuses on the 30 men in the torpedo squadron of the US Aircraft Carrier Hornet.

Director: John Ford
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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)  »

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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 »

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

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Over There
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Music by George M. Cohan
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War propaganda
6 November 2006 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This short piece of film shows parts of, as the title already tells us, of the battle of Midway, and some moments after it. The director is John Ford and what he creates with this short documentary is pure Hollywood war propaganda. There is a storyline that even includes the women at home waiting for the fighters. During some scenes a dialogue between Jane Darwell and the great Henry Fonda is heard on the background.

The images of the battle, shot in color, have historic value and are pretty exciting. The heroic tone is easy to understand, although now it is easy to see past that. Everything, including its Oscar win, seems to be there for propaganda purposes, making the people at home feel good enough about the war that is going on. In the end 'The Battle of Midway' is an interesting little film, but not that much more.


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