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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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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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Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and it contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,510 square miles or 6,500-km². Guadalcanal was named after Pedro de Ortega's home town Guadalcanal in Andalusia, Spain. de Ortega worked under Álvaro de Mendaña, who charted the island in 1568. See more »

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The actor playing a Japanese prisoner falls backwards into the water after jumping from the landing craft when the Marine raiding party lands on the beach. Just then, a wave picks up the landing craft and another actor helps the Japanese actor up, just as the landing craft drops - a very near miss. See more »

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Sgt. Butch: [repeated line]
Sgt. Butch: Where's me helmet? Where's me helmet?
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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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Referenced in Sanford and Son: When John Comes Marching Home (1977) See more »

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The Caisson Song
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Music by Edmund L. Gruber
Played on reinforcement day
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A World War II Classic
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ensemble cast of this film made it the fine war film it is. Most of the cast had starring roles in other films. I thought the narration of Reed Hadley was perfect in telling the story of the first American offensive against the Japanese in WWII. Guadalcanal was a turning point in the Pacific War as it ended a series of Japanese successes and began the shrinking of their Pacific conquests. Others have pointed out the historical inaccuracies including the fact that the Japanese survivors were successfully evacutated from the island and not driven into the sea as depicted in the final battle. One shocking inaccuracy I noticed took place on the second day of the Marine landing. The first night, while huddled in foxholes, they hear gunfire off shore and comments that "The Navy is busy tonight." The next morning, Col. Grayson (Minor Watson) comments, "We lost four cruisers but we beat them off good." In fact, the U.S. Navy suffered one of its worst defeats in history in the battle of Savo Island. The Japanese commander was hardly "beaten off" but decided to withdraw after sinking 4 Allied cruisers (Canberra, Astoria, Quincy and Vincennes)because he thought U.S. carriers were in the vicinity. In fact, they had departed and the Japanese commander could have destroyed the entire invasion fleet and the outcome would have been far different. What proved to be an eventual allied victory, came within a hairs-breath of being a disastrous defeat. While the Marines have received the lion's share of the glory, well deserved, Guadalcanal took the lives of many more Navy personnel than Marines. The many horrific night naval battles took a heavy toll and the waters north of Guadalcanal were aptly renamed "Ironbottom Sound." Sadly, Hollywood has never made a film about the horrors faced by sailors in achieving the victory at Guadalcanal. The movie about the five Sullivan brothers, who all died when their ship (Juneau) was sunk with only 10 survivors in the bloody waters of Guadalcanal, was just a small part of the carnage the Navy suffered there. Guadalcanal Diary is a stirring tribute to the Marine Corps and a accurate portrayal of what they endured on that wretched island.


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