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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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Alan Curtis ...
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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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This film's opening prologue states: "This is a factual record of the Second Marine Raider Battalion, from its inception seven weeks after Pearl Harbor, through its first brilliant victory." 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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A True Classic
2 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sets the standard for war moves to come.

Many complain about "clichés", how can you call the move that created the clichés as cliché? Are Edward Weston's photographs "cliche"? He set the standards, copied by many, as does this movie.

As kids growing up in the 50's, watching movies like this on weekend TV set the stage for many battles between our block and those kids across the street.

Great action scenes, heroic Americans mowing down "Japs" by the hundreds, explosions, airplanes bombing & strafing, ships, submarines, this movie has it all!


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