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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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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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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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Tougher than Leather . . . Harder to Kill! Daring Americans Fighting Against All Odds! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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11 August 1942 (USA)  »

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Heldenlegioen  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 26, 1942 with Brian Donlevy and Robert Preston reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

During one of the scenes showing the bombardment of the island, the Marine CO has ordered the observation tower evacuated. Later scenes show two men still in the tower when it is destroyed. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Geoffrey Caton: Boys, the honeymoon's over. From now on you're marines.
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Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
("Farewell to Thee") (uncredited)
Composed by Queen Liliuokalani (as Lili'oukalani) 1877
Heard as marines leave Hawaii.
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It Actually Happened
14 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Wake Island" is one of those movies that cannot be dismissed as mere World War Two propaganda. The fact is that the battle for Wake Island actually happened, which is what this movie is about. Okay, some of the characterizations are pure Hollywood and the conflict between the military and civilian personnel is contrived, yet what is NOT contrived is the event itself. A small detachment of Marines and civilian contractors did hold the Japanese at bay for about two weeks and did this knowing that they were on their own and that there would be no reinforcements. So let's give credit where credit is due, and take the time to watch this movie. The men on Wake Island were heroes and this movie does them credit.


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