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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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Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
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Johnny Novasky
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Whanger Spreckles
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Ding Jacobs
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Yump Lumkin
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Lt. Tom Kerrick
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Joe Brick
Duncan Renaldo ...
Construction Worker at Party
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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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navy | bomb | u.s. navy | bad temper | hero | See more »

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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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The movie featured real footage of Seabees marching in review before the Secretary of the Navy from Camp Endicott, Davisville / North Kingstown, Rhode Island. See more »

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When the Japanese soldier is picked up in the clamshell bucket, the feet beneath the bucket are facing the opposite direction of the soldier. See more »

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Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) 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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OK for what it is
28 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Picked this up as a cheap DVD as I am a sucker for 40's/50's WW2 films.

Taken as a bit of propaganda and entertainment, and not reflecting in any way historical fact, it achieves it's aim. IMO, it is not up to the standard of some of Wayne's other WW2 films of this period such as Sands of Iwo Jima and They Were Expendable.

It is somewhat disjointed, but I can imagine it having a positive effect on recruitment for the US Forces. Some earlier threads have commented on the reasons why Wayne did not have active war service. Whatever the reason, I would think he had a more positive effect on by being on film rather than seeing active service.


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