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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
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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 »
Get this wardroom cleaned up right away, will you? This is most unappetizing.
[sole spoken line by an African-American in entire film]
Aye, aye, Sir.
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Away All Boats is a nice war picture about the captain and crew of a Navy transport ship in World War II. Jeff Chandler is all navy and the total professional as he takes command of the USS Belinda and whips the crew and the ship into professional fighting trim.
But command is a lonely business and the captain is slowly broken down both physically and mentally. In a way, Chandler's Jebediah Hawks is the antithesis of the Captain in Mister Roberts. Chandler is also in one of the less glamorous parts of the Navy, but even as a disciplinarian, he commands respect in a way that James Cagney in Mister Roberts never could and never will.
Chandler gets good support in this film from the rest of the cast which includes such professionals as Richard Boone, George Nader, Lex Barker, and Charles McGraw.
Good war picture, I highly recommend it.
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