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Wake Island (1942)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  11 August 1942 (USA)
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December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Maj. Geoffrey Caton
Macdonald Carey ...
Lt. Bruce Cameron
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Pvt. Joe Doyle
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Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall
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Shad McClosky
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Cmdr. Roberts
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Ivan Probenzky
Rod Cameron ...
Capt. Pete Lewis
Bill Goodwin ...
Sgt. Higbee / Narrator
Damian O'Flynn ...
Capt. Bill Patrick
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Johnny Rudd
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Storyline

In November 1941, Major Caton takes command of the small Marine garrison on Wake Island. His tendency toward spit and polish upsets the men's tropical lassitude, but Pearl Harbor changes everything. Soon the island is attacked and the Marines pull together day by day; but how long can they hold out? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Leathernecks . . writing another glorious chapter of purposeful courage in America's history! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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11 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heldenlegioen  »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paramount began work on this movie before the real life battle for Wake Island was over. See more »

Goofs

Wake island defenders did not have a dog. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall: The dumber those guys get, the more stripes you get.
Pvt. Joe Doyle: You oughta look like a zebra.
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Connections

Featured in Wake Island: Alamo of the Pacific (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Marine Hymn
(uncredited)
Music by Jacques Offenbach ("Gendarme's Duet") 1867
Heard under opening credirs
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Wake Island (1942) ***
11 February 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

While nowadays this may seem quite indistinguishable from the many flagwavers rushed into production in its day, at the time WAKE ISLAND was very well received garnering 4 major Academy Award nominations (Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor - William Bendix); true, the characters and situations are pretty stereotypical but even so, it is certainly well enough made and well-cast (Brian Donlevy, Macdonald Carey, Albert Dekker, Robert Preston, Walter Abel) to be remembered when WWII films are discussed. Once the Pearl Harbor attack gets underway, it becomes an engrossing and poignant depiction of men-in-war facing insurmountable odds; the downbeat ending was quite fresh at the time and seems to have led to a spate of similarly pessimistic WWII movies like BATAAN (1943), SAHARA (1943), THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945), etc.


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