Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of ... See full summary »
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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

Director: John Ford
Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Logan Ramsey
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Stars: Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, Kai-Shek Chiang
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward Steichen, William Wyler
Stars: Robert Taylor, Charles Boyer, Joseph J. Clark
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment.

Directors: Roy Boulting, David MacDonald
Stars: Harold Alexander, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister
Stars: Leonard Brockington, Joseph Macleod, Bud Flanagan
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An animated dramatization of the notorious World War I German torpedoing of the ocean liner, Lusitania.

Director: Winsor McCay
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen, manages to enjoy some leisure time with them, and then ... See full summary »

Director: Humphrey Jennings
Stars: Philip Dickson, George Gravett, Fred Griffiths
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

Director: Irving Lerner
Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Directors: Ilya Kopalin, Leonid Varlamov
Stars: N. Dubravin, Edward G. Robinson, Joseph Stalin
Documentary | War | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.

Director: Stuart Legg
Stars: Lorne Greene, Gérard Arthur, Winston Churchill
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Short documentary about 50 years of history of Czechoslovakia, with archive images.

Directors: Robert M. Fresco, Denis Sanders
Stars: Leonid Brezhnev, Neville Chamberlain, Alexander Dubcek
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Bathurst ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Damien Parer ...
Himself - Presenter
Edit

Storyline

Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of supplies, wounded men being carried on stretchers by native porters, and men leaving camp to go to the front. There's a tiny bit of possibly staged combat footage. A narrator explains that the Japanese soldiers are expert at disguise, and how important support from the home front is. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 September 1942 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Cinesound Review No. 568  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Kokoda campaign in the Second World War commenced on 21 July 1942. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

History Buffs Should Enjoy
24 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Kokoda Front Line! (1942)

*** (out of 4)

This Australian film was one of four pictures to get a Best Documentary Oscar in 1942, the first year of the category. Damien Parer was the photographer who was on the front lines and shot all of this footage and while this 9-minute short shouldn't be called a masterpiece, I think it's at least fair to say it's very important from just a historical perspective. I thought that we really got some terrific footage to view here including getting to see some soldiers as they were pretty much just standing around waiting to go into battle. There are some terrific shots of the men waiting around for their orders and we get some other exciting stuff as well. The most dramatic footage actually happens early on and it's when a plane takes off and is trying to clear a hill of trees. I won't ruin what happens but it's quite an image. I think this film is mainly going to appeal to those who enjoy these older WWII shorts and there's no doubt that history buffs should get a kick out of the footage.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to see? johnporter-1
An unpleasant taste of the times svenrufus
Discuss Kokoda Front Line! (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page