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
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This is a mid-budget film (for Republic Pictures that is) highlighting some of the roles of the Coast Guard in World War Two.
This one features plenty of recognizable faces. We have, Brian Donlevy, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel, Steve Brodie, Ella Raines, John Russell and a look quick or miss them, Hugh O'Brian and Martin Milner. Just after Pearl Harbor, a group of dock workers all join the Coast Guard. They are all taken in as Officer cadets. There is the gruff, hard nosed, Tucker, college boy, Russell, a lifeguard, Jaeckel, and all the usual types that populate these war films.
The first half of the film shows the various training the men go through. There is of course time for a love interest, played by the drop dead beautiful, Miss Raines. Tucker and the ship's Captain, Donlevy, are both in pursuit of Miss Raines.
The second half of the film is about the men all being crew members of the same ship in the Pacific Theater. They are involved in helping land troops, rescue same, fight off Japanese Kamikaze attacks etc. The war ends, and the survivors all head back home. Tucker, the lucky dog, gets to go straight to the arms of Miss Raines.
Not a world beater by any means. But if you are a fan of these lower end war films, you will find more than enough to keep you entertained. There is quite a lot of wartime stock footage in this one, and it is used to good advantage during the Kamikaze sequences.
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