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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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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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11 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heldenlegioen  »

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Trivia

According to Hedda Hopper's newspaper column of June 23, 1942, three different endings of this movie were shot. The ending to be used when released in August would depend upon how the war was going by then. See more »

Goofs

In a shot of the Japanese ships just before the Marines open fire, a patrol boat can be seen already on fire. 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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Soundtracks

Marine Hymn
(uncredited)
Music by Jacques Offenbach ("Gendarme's Duet") 1867
Heard under opening credirs
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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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