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'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  20 December 1943 (USA)
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The true story of Carlson's Raiders and their World War II attack on Makin Island.

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Complete credited cast:
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Col. Thorwald
Alan Curtis ...
John Harbison
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Cpl. Kurt Richter
J. Carrol Naish ...
Lt. C.J. Cristoforos
Sam Levene ...
Leo 'Transport' Andreof
David Bruce ...
Larry O'Ryan
Richard Lane ...
Capt. Dunphy
Walter Sande ...
'Gunner' McBride
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Lt. Roland Browning
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'Pig-Iron' Matthews
Rod Cameron ...
Rube Tedrow
Grace McDonald ...
Kathleen Corrigan
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Cmdr. Blake
Peter Coe ...
Kozzarowski
Harold Landon ...
Frankie Montana
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Seven weeks after Pearl Harbor, volunteers form the new 2nd Marine Raider Battalion whose purpose is to raid Japanese-held islands. The men selected come from different walks of life but have toughness in common. Under command of Colonel 'Thorwald', they're trained in all imaginable forms of combat. Then, after a perilous submarine journey, they face a daunting first mission: to annihilate the much larger Japanese garrison on Makin Island, in a lengthy battle sequence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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TASTE VICTORY WITH THE U.S. MARINE RAIDERS as they yell their battle cry...GUNG HO! See more »

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20 December 1943 (USA)  »

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This film utilized actual war combat footage. See more »

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When Leo 'Transport' Andreof arrives in the jeep, he is wearing Staff Sgt stripes, but when he enters the building, he is now wearing Sgt stripes. See more »

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Featured in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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Can you say PROPAGANDA film?
17 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film, made in 1943, doesn't even try to hide its purpose. It's propaganda, pure and simple. Several scenes are shot and narrated in a documentary type of mode. The film was shot only months after the actual events took place. Randolph Scott was a good actor, but they threw this together so quickly that he didn't have time to do a decent job. Young (and I mean YOUNG) Robert Mitchum is the best actor in the film and he isn't nearly up to his usual standards. The story is good, and I believe that, given the language constraints of 1943, the film is as well written as it could be. The battle sequences are fair. There's a good bit of obvious choreography in the hand-to-hand scenes. Overall, judged against other films of its type, this one isn't too awful bad.


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