Away All Boats (1956)

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The story of a U.S. naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, 1943-1945.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lieut. Dave MacDougall
Commander Quigley
Nadine MacDougall
Keith Andes ...
Doctor Bell
Lieut. Fraser
William Reynolds ...
Ensign Kruger
Lieut. Mike O'Bannion
Old Man / Film Intro Voice-over
Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
James Westerfield ...
'Boats' Torgeson
Ensign Twitchell
Kendall Clark ...
Lieut. Jackson
George Dunn ...


The story of USS 'Belinda', Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. Despite personal friction, the two have plenty to deal with as the only experienced officers on board during the "shakedown." Almost laughable incompetence gradually improves, but the crew remains far from perfect when the ship sees action, landing troops on enemy beachheads. And few anticipate the challenges in store at Okinawa... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

16 August 1956 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kerama Retto is mentioned as the destination of the Belinda after she is seriously damaged by a kamikaze. This island, about a dozen miles southwest of Okinawa, was taken by the 77th Infantry Division at the start of the invasion, and used as both a staging area and an emergency anchorage, exactly as shown in the movie. See more »


Just before the crew begins to seal the hatch to make an air bubble, light can be seen reflecting off the water deep in the hold. For this to happen there would have to be an above water opening in the side of the ship, which would make an air bubble impossible. However, the hold is obviously a stage setting with lights above the water to make it visible. See more »


Lieut. Fraser: [in reference to Captain Hawks] Old shipmate told me about him. He was skipper of a destroyer that was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands when the Japs were trying to take Guadalcanal back. He kept that can's guns firing when she went under the water. He didn't get that Navy Cross sittin' on his bucket in Washington.
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Edited into Midway (1976) See more »

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Pacific Wartime Classic
13 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have watched this movie countless times and still rate it as one of the best to ever come out of Hollywood. Jeff Chandler is superb in his leadership role, and one has to feel touched by his loneliness, trying to play the role of leadership and friend. George Nader did an outstanding job in support along with a star-studded cast of Julie Adams, Lex Barker, Keith Andes, William Reynolds, Don Keefer, Jock Mahoney and everybody else who participated in this movie. The photography was well ahead of it's time with the battle scenes and beautifully filmed in every way. A must to see, and always looking for re-runs.

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