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The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 10 July 1944 (UK)
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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Whanger Spreckles
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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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The thrilling story of America's supermen! (original poster) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Donovan's Army  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Joe Brooks. See more »

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When the Seabees are first deployed to the island, they embark in Higgins boats (no bow ramps). When they reach the shore, the Higgins boats are now LCVPs. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Powers: I'm Eddie Powers, Donovan's factotum, meaning, "Man Friday". That's Latin.
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow: Well, I'm glad to know you Friday even if it's only Thursday.
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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Seabees
Music by Peter De Rose (as Peter DeRose)
Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
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Missed Opportunities

This film has some of the most spectacular battle scenes ever filmed. A lot of care went into the stunt work and explosions. Too bad they threw in the love triangle. Hayward is so eager with her spunky role you wish someone would shoot her...and when they do, she survives anyway. Wayne plays one of his dumbest characters, constantly leading inexperienced men into battle, costing the Navy dozens of lives, only to be yelled at. I give this a 6, and wish it had been better.


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