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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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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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William Bendix once told "The Saturday Evening Post"'s "The Role I Liked Best" column in 1946 that his character of Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts was his favorite of all the roles he had played, as it had given him "the widest range of opportunity" for an actor. Moreover, Bendix stated that he was moved by the letters he had received from military personnel who recognized his gutsy performance as a soldier. Bendix also added that he and his fellow cast members enjoyed the experience of working with the US Marines based at Camp Pendleton. See more »

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One of the Japanese soldiers is carrying a US Krag rifle from 1892. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: [In dugout waiting out a heavy artillery barrage] I don't mind the one with my name on it. It's the one that says, 'To whom it may concern' that I don't like.
[after the barrage increases]
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: They're throwing everything at us but the kitchen stove.
Gunnery Sgt. Hook Malone: [after an even louder explosion] That's the stove now!
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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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Version of The Pacific: Guadalcanal/Leckie (2010) See more »

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Aloha Oe
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Music by Queen Liliuokalani
Played on the harmonica when Potts is dancing the hula
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Regarded, justifiably, as one of the best war films ever
11 November 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Outstanding recounting of the U.S. Marine invasion of Guadalcanal Island. Thankfully free of much of the harsh jingoistic tone and phony heroics so evident in films such as Ray Enright's "Gung Ho!" of the same year (although some elements of that do manage to creep in), virtually everything in this film works--Reed Hadley's sometimes sonorous but nonetheless sensitive narration; uniformly fine performances; a script that, while seeming somewhat dated and familiar now, nonetheless has a sharp edge to it, with several of the characters actually being quite well-drawn; top-notch battle scenes, both large-scale and close-in, that don't have the staginess and precisely rehearsed look unfortunately common to many war films; some welcome humor of the kind that any current or former GI would recognize; and the crisp, sharp editing associated more with Warner Bros. than 20th Century-Fox, which made it. The film does, in fact, have a definite Warners look and feel to it, and could easily be mistaken as a work by legendary Warners director Raoul Walsh, although it was actually directed by Lewis Seiler--like Walsh a Warners alumnus, and while Seiler is not in Walsh's league, this is far and away his best and most accomplished picture (and if any of you can figure out what the hell poster Christopher Mulrooney is talking about in a preceding review of this film, I wish you'd tell me). A previous poster has mentioned that the picture has some rather glaring historical inaccuracies, and I have no doubt that he's correct. Still, this is an exciting and riveting film--and, surprisingly enough, often a quite touching one, a quality not often associated with war pictures--that I believe truly deserves its reputation as one of the best war films to come out of Hollywood.


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