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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 <email@example.com>
This movie was made in 1943, only one year after the Battle of Guadacanal, which was fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943. The film premiered in the USA around 27 October 1943 which was about ten months after the end of the Guadacanal Campaign. See more »
One of the Japanese soldiers is carrying a US Krag rifle from 1892. See more »
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 »
Guadalcanal Diary was a nearly fine war film I watched on Veterans Day
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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