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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Heldenlegioen  »

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Trivia

The film shows the death of the naval commander due to battle wounds with the defense being commanded by marine officers but the factual real life scenario was that Commander Winfield S. Cunningham survived the battle and the war. See more »

Goofs

One goof revealed points out that the Wake Island defenders were not all killed in action, but taken prisoner. Some were shipped off the island while the remainder were kept there as forced labor. In 1943 as the U.S. Navy approached, the Japanese commander ordered the remaining prisoners on Wake to be killed. The Japanese commander, Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara, was hung for war crimes in 1947. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall: Any you guys who don't like this hat, you can come out here and try to knock it off.
[looks at Doyle]
Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall: ... that includes you.
Pvt. Joe Doyle: I think you're beautiful. Go on, on your way, civilian!
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Featured in Wake Island: Alamo of the Pacific (2003) See more »

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Taps
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Composed by Gen. Daniel Butterfield 1862
Played during movie's opening.
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'Realistic study of brave men in War...
15 September 2000 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

"Wake Island" is a battle for a small atoll in the Central Pacific Ocean west of Honolulu, which was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, hours after Pearl Harbor... The small U.S. marine garrison held out until the Japanese overran the island on December 23...

It is a story of sacrifice of the gallant and doomed defenders, movingly portrayed by William Bendix, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, MacDonald Carey and others... The battle scenes are chillingly photographed in Black and White, and the movie blows the clarion call for a new heroism... It is the 'Alamo of the Pacific,' the cry of 'Remember Wake Island," with the same stirring effects as 'Remember the Alamo,' one hundred years previously...

Well done within its limits, the film bears the unmistakable stamp of truth, and hails as a realistic portrayal of brave men in war...


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