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The Fighting Seabees (1944)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  10 July 1944 (UK)
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Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work is dangerous and they doubt the ability of the Navy to protect them. After a series of ... See full summary »

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Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work is dangerous and they doubt the ability of the Navy to protect them. After a series of attacks by the Japanese, something new is tried, Construction Battalions (CBs=Seabees). The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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ROMANCE OF THE SEVEN SEAS! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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10 July 1944 (UK)  »

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Trivia

The words to the fun song, the "Song of the Seabees" (Music by 'Peter de Rose' and Lyrics by Sam Lewis) heard in the movie go like this: "We're the Seabees of the Navy - We can build and we can fight - We'll pave the way to victory - And guard it day and night - And we promise that we'll remember - The 'Seventh of December' ..... "We're the Seabees of the Navy - Bees of the Seven Seas" ..... "The Navy wanted men - That's where we came in - Mister Brown and Mister Jones - The Owens, the Cohens and Flynn - The Navy wanted more - Of Uncle Sammy's kin - So we all joined up - And brother we're in to win!" See more »

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In the final battle scene a clamshell bucket is seen picking up Japanese soldiers. There are legs (with feet visible) dangling from the bucket. In the next shot, the legs are replaced with tree trunks. See more »

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Referenced in Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998) See more »

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Song of the Seabees
Music by Peter De Rose (as Peter DeRose)
Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
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Construction workers fighting on an island in World War II
5 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

See it –In a nutshell, it's the story of a group of construction workers in World War 2 who are contracted to build airfields in the Pacific. But when the Japanese invade their island, they are forced to help fight. They are a Construction Battalion, or CB (which sounds like Seabee), thus the name. It's hard to compare this to any other movie because it hasn't been done before or since. But fans of John Wayne movies like "Back to Bataan" will enjoy it. One of the Duke's earlier films, there are parts of The Fighting Seabees that haven't aged well. If you overlook some of the cheesiness of it, you'll enjoy it. In the final battle, we see the good guys using bulldozers and other construction equipment to fight the bad guys. What's not to like about that? 2.5 out of 5 action rating


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