A naval officer who had deserted several years earlier is drawn back to the Navy when World War II begins. He re-enlists under an assumed name, and is assigned to a minesweeper, where he ... See full summary »
A doctor and his staff in a hospital on the Philippine island of Corregidor shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor try to treat the sick, injured and wounded as American and Filipino troops desperately try to beat back a ferocious Japanese attack.
Ship engineer Jim Taggert is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan, an American gangster that found New York too hot for him, and has become a fisherman operating from an ... See full summary »
A Marine stationed in the Philippines loses a hand in an accident and is discharged from the Corps. When the Japanese invade the Philippines, he is called back into service to rescue a ... See full summary »
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
When the Japanese fighters attack the bomber, we can clearly see that there are five of them. Foxie also confirms there are five enemy planes, and the planes are counted during the attack as they are shot down by the gunners. But when we cut to a close-up of the Japanese pilot, more than five planes can be seen on the far side of his fighter. See more »
I had never even heard of this movie, but I bought the DVD because my father-in-law was a WWII aerial gunner on B-17s in Europe and I'd just recently begun getting him to tell his stories onto audiotape for posterity. I thought that this might add to my knowledge of what he had experienced.
Based on my father-in-law's first hand accounts, I can tell you that the aerial gunnery school sequences in this film are relatively close to what the training was like. (For example, they really did make them assemble a 50 caliber machine gun while blind-folded.) However, the combat/action sequences at the climax of this film miss the mark by a mile.
I'd recommend this film to you if you are a fan of Robert Mitchum and want to see one of his early (uncredited), bit-part roles.
I'd also recommend this film to any fans of Jimmy Lydon, who starred as "Henry Aldrich" in the many "Henry Aldrich" films of the 1940's. Unlike Mitchum, Lydon has a large dramatic role in this picture and since this was filmed during the same era as the Aldrich movies, you could have given this film the alternate title "Henry Aldrich Goes to War".
Unfortunately, sub-par writing, acting, directing, and budget all contribute to the anemic quality of this film. If you're looking for a WWII story with real entertainment value, stick to the period pieces starring John Wayne. I'm giving this film 4 stars based on it's curiosity value alone.
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