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Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  27 October 1943 (USA)
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Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII.

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Capt. Davis
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Jesus ('Soose') Alvarez
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Pvt. Johnny ('Chicken') Anderson
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Capt. James Cross
Minor Watson ...
Col. Wallace E. Grayson
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Ned Rowman
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Sgt. Butch
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War correspondent / Narrator
John Archer ...
Lt. Thurmond
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Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Drama | War

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27 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary  »

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Trivia

Roy Roberts, who plays Capt. Cross, seems to have doubled as the voice of the radio sportscaster. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, Japanese soldiers are seen firing U.S.-made and -issued Thompson .45-cal. submachine guns, identical to the one carried by Sgt. Hook Malone. In one scene, a Japanese machine gun nest is firing a Thompson mounted on a tripod to make it appear as a light machine gun. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: Hey, Butch. Ya got a cigarette?
Sgt. Butch: [hands him a pack] Sure. Help yourself.
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: [examines the pack] Jap cigarettes!
Sgt. Butch: Yeah. They're half tobacco, half stinkweed.
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: Oh, well now I'll enjoy them more than ever. I thought they were *all* stinkweed.
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening prologue in the preface of a book states: A new chapter in the history of America by a correspondent who landed on Guadalcanal with the first detachment of United States Marines. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Caisson Song
(uncredited)
Music by Edmund L. Gruber
Played on reinforcement day
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Terse and violent, close in atmosphere and technique to "Wake Island".
10 September 2000 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Guadalcanal is the second largest island (after Bougainville) of the Solomons and largest of the Solomon Islands Protectorate southwest Pacific...

During World War II it was the scene of bitter land and sea fighting between U. S. and Japanese forces...

On August 1942, the U.S. Marines, in the Allies' first major offensive in the Pacific, seized a Japanese airfield, Henderson Field, on the island...

On November, in a naval engagement, the Allies prevented the Japanese from landing reinforcements... By February 1943 the Japanese, badly outnumbered, were forced to evacuate Guadalcanal and by the end of the year they were on the defensive in their last stronghold in the Solomons, Bougainville Island...

"Guadalcanal Diary" is based on the best-selling book by war correspondent Richard Tregaskis... It follows the career of a platoon of Marines from Pre-landing shipboard briefings through two months slow murderous fighting in the taking of the South Sea jungles...

The film gives a realistic view of the hardships of war, and has its moments... Perhaps the most touching scene is at the climax when the tired veterans watch the fresh, green troops marching past them... The feeling is one of a continuous hard effort... The impudent newcomers have yet to face the revolting horrors that an American soldier is subjected to... Certainly, they will fight as well as those before them, however, we cannot but help feeling sad for those who will never return...

The film reveals the hard life in camps, shelters, patrols, hospitals, beaches and jungles in absolute reality... It is terse, violent, close in atmosphere and technique to "Wake Island" (1942).


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