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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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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Davis
Jesus ('Soose') Alvarez
Pvt. Johnny ('Chicken') Anderson
Capt. James Cross
Minor Watson ...
Col. Wallace E. Grayson
Ned Rowman
Sgt. Butch
War correspondent / Narrator
Lt. Thurmond


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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Release Date:

27 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The extras were real Marines. Some were from the Amphibious Tank unit that went ashore on Guam and Iwo Jima. See more »


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


Sgt. Butch: [repeated line]
Sgt. Butch: Where's me helmet? Where's me helmet?
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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 »


Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »


Bless 'em All
Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Additional lyrics by Al Stillman (1941)
Sung by the marines while digging foxholes
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Great movie
26 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the all-time great classic movies of its genre. Unlike most Hollywood movies that use historical events as backgrounds for sappy and insipid love stories, the main "character" of this movie is the event itself. For the Battle of Guadalcanal is one of the key battles in all of history. This momentous event, which took place at the same time the Soviet Union was battling the Germans at Stalingrad, marked the end of Japanese expansion in the south Pacific and the beginning of the process that would lead to Japan's ultimate defeat. It should also be noted that the Battle for Guadalcanal was entirely an American operation, fought several thousands miles away from home and against an implacable enemy that had months, if not years, to prepare their defenses. Moreover, this battle took place just months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The acting is great, the story compelling and is all-in-all a movie that is definitely worth watching.

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