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Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 October 1943 (USA)
The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.

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Jesus ('Soose') Alvarez
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Pvt. Johnny ('Chicken') Anderson
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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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The Victory picture of the year !

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Richard Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary  »

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Trivia

The 'Daily Variety' of 28 August 1945 reported that 20th Century-Fox was involved with litigation from Donald Petersen in relation to injuries that he allegedly sustained during production of this movie. It was alleged that Petersen suffered broken ear drums from a dynamite explosion that was exploded prematurely. Petersen was awarded $15,000 in damages in a jury trial, which was then appealed by the studio. See more »

Goofs

Japanese Type 97 grenades were primed by pulling the pin first and then hitting the striker hard against something hard (A rock or a helmet) to ignite the primer before throwing. During the battle at the cliffs, a Japanese soldier pulls the pin in a grenade and tosses it immediately without striking the pin. 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 »

Connections

Featured in The Art Director (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica when the marines are reading their letters
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Guadalcanal Diary was a nearly fine war film I watched on Veterans Day
11 November 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

For this day, Veterans Day, I decided to watch this movie-among many provided by Hulu by way of IMDb-that depicts the events of the Marine soldiers as they fight the Japanese soldiers in the title area. Quite a few actors I recognized here like Anthony Quinn, Lionel Stander, Lloyd Nolan, and William Bendix. Quinn's the Hispanic with two girlfriends at home, Stander's the buddy of Bendix, Nolan's the gunnery sergeant, and Bendix is just a grunt from Flatbush (that's Brooklyn to the rest of us). Stander with Bendix provide some good humor along with Nolan who also provides his compassionate authority to Bendix, Quinn, and the rest. Bendix himself makes a compelling speech about just wanting to go home when everyone is inside a foxhole avoiding several bombs. Quinn also has a great scene as a lone survivor of his first platoon when he swims away from the "Japs", which is what they were referred to at the time. There's also lots of relaxing scenes of people reading letters and some nice naturalistic singing and dancing sequences that provide much needed lighter moments before the somber (to me) war scenes. At only 93 minutes, there's not too much detail on many of the main characters but what there is is sufficient and the narration provides other details you don't get from exposition. Loved hearing mentions of Gary Cooper and his "Sergeant York" role, and of the Higgins boats which originally came from New Orleans which is just a two-hour drive from where I live. So for all that, I highly recommend Guadalcanal Diary.


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