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The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Approved  |   |  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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'The Hollywood Reporter' reported a number of location filming sites used in the movie. These included Camp Huemene, Santa Barbara, California; Camp Endicott, Davisville / North Kingstown, Rhode Island where the parade ground marching scenes were filmed; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Southern Califonia; as well as another military camp in Virginia. 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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Song of the Seabees
Music by Peter De Rose (as Peter DeRose)
Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
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Another excellent Wayne wartime propaganda piece
26 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Saying this film is "propaganda" is not an insult. No, it was deliberately crafted to encourage Americans that we can and will win the war if we stand firm. And what better image of this than the ever-vigilant John Wayne--the embodiment of the Hollywood image of heroism.

This film reminds me a lot of The Flying Tigers, though the plot isn't so melodramatic. It's about a crew of civilian engineers sent overseas to do construction for our troops (such as building runways and other projects). BUT, the evil Japanese in the movie take advantage of the fact that these are unarmed civilians and butcher them at every opportunity. So, what is The Duke and his trusted pals to do? Take up arms and use their own equipment when necessary to beat the stuffing out of the Japs! Yes, guys with bulldozers and clubs NEVER could have inflicted the casualties you witness in the movie, but man if it isn't entertaining to watch--particularly the explosive ending.


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