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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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Dennis O'Keefe ...
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
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Eddie Powers
Leonid Kinskey ...
Johnny Novasky
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Sawyer Collins
Grant Withers ...
Whanger Spreckles
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Ding Jacobs
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Yump Lumkin
William Forrest ...
Lt. Tom Kerrick
Addison Richards ...
Capt. Joyce
Jay Norris ...
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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10 July 1944 (UK)  »

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Donovan's Army  »

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An edition of "The Hollywood Reporter" in July 1943 announced that Republic Pictures was "writing the character of Captain [Henry P.] Needham, commanding officer of the Construction Battalions at Camp Hueneme, into the script . . . and [Associate Producer] Albert J. Cohen has wired for permission to have the captain play himself in the picture". From December 1942-August 1944, as the officer in charge of the Advance Base Receiving Barracks / Advance Base Depot Needham at Port Hueneme. He was also the CBC Commanding OFficer at Port Hueneme from 1947-1951. However, as it turned out, no character named "Needham" appeared in the film, nor did Needham himself. See more »

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In the first landing by Japanese the landing craft are U.S.N. LCVPs, which are distinctly different than any landing craft used by the Japanese. Also, there are no ships offshore from which the landing craft could have come. See more »

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Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »

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Where Do You Work-a, John? (Push-a Push-a Push)
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mortimer Weinberg and Charley Marks
Sung by those at the coming home party
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Having watched this in the wee hours of Veterans' Day, I just wanted to point out that rating it and other WWII propaganda films on the basis of artistic merit is beside the point entirely. The people that made these didn't have the luxury of crafting meticulous stories and memorable characters; most of the movies had been contracted by the government and had to be turned out QUICKLY. Movies like "The Fighting Seabees" were made for one reason alone: as propaganda pieces designed to bolster public support for our fighting men overseas. As such, they were an important part of the war effort, and helped ensure that fifty years later, we'd have the luxury of sitting at our computers and hashing about their qualities as movies.

With all that in mind, "The Flying Seabees" is really pretty good.


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