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

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Captain Henry Elrod, who is represented by Macdonald Carey's Lt. Bruce Cameron character, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall: [Dressed in civilian clothes] World, here I come!
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Taps
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Composed by Gen. Daniel Butterfield 1862
Played during movie's opening.
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Fun The First Time, A "Bomb" The Next
23 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this a lot more the first viewing. Some half dozen years later, I bought it when the DVD came out and was very disappointed. It just wasn't as good as I had remembered.

The movie has its good points: interesting characters, enough action to satisfy and special effects that were pretty good for its day. A cast that has Brian Donlevy, William Bendix, Robert Preston, MacDonald Carey and Albert Dekker is pretty solid, too.

What kind of grated on me with the second viewing was the dumbness of the two leads, played by Bendix and Preston. These guys, frankly, were just too stupid and annoying. The other characters were more level-headed and fine to watch.

The first half hour drags, but if you can through that, it's pretty good. There are few nice scenes with men praying, too, something you wouldn't see today. In summary, a so-so war flick. One viewing is entertaining but two is too much.


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