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Fighting Coast Guard (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 1 June 1951 (USA)
Story of how the Coast Guard trained to help win World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Commander Ian McFarland
Bill Rourk
Louise Ryan
Barney Walker
Tony Jessup
Sandy Jessup
Al Prescott
'Red' Toon
Tom Peterson
Admiral Ryan
Jack Pennick ...
Coast Guardsman
Desk Clerk (as Olin Howlin)
Damian O'Flynn ...
Captain Adair
Navy Captain
Commander Rogers


Bill Rourk, an ex-Coast Guard crew chief, is tricked into volunteering for the Coact Guard Officer's Training School, following the Japanese sneak-attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Rourk's preference would be to keep the higher-paying and more-secure job in a civilian shipyard. Coadt Guard Commander McFarland first meets Rourk at the shipyard and, later, is his superior officer at the officer's-training-school. Rourk fails to get his Ensign's commission, and then finds he has been assigned to McFarland's command at sea. Matters are not helped any by both men being rivals for Louise Ryan, the admiral's daughter. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

1 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fighting U.S. Coast Guard  »

Box Office


$532,111 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Semper Paratus
Written by Francis S. Van Boskerck
Performed by the Coast Guard Choir
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Fighting sleeping.

Well, I agree, I am naughty with this kind of production. This kind of ultra patriotic movie that already shows brave soldiers who fight with all their guts against evil Japanese army. And, of course, it begins with the Pearl Harbor "incident", on December 7th 1941...

Nothing unusual, here. Heroes - Donlevy and Russel - fighting for the same woman - Ella Raines. We can see Richard Jaeckel at his acting beginning. A mix up between romance, war sequences - mostly stock shots

  • training schedules. Action, OK, but boring for me. I prefer hardcore

and realistic war movies. Anti war films. The fiercest of them all.

No, it's not a bad feature. A good Jo Kane's indeed. But not my favourite.

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