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Away All Boats (1956)

Approved | | War, Drama | 16 August 1956 (USA)
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
Doctor Bell
Lieut. Fraser
Ensign Kruger
Lieut. Mike O'Bannion
Old Man / Film Intro Voice-over
Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
'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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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2.35 : 1
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The USS Belinda was in fact the USS Randall, and the movie was filmed during the Korean War. See more »


Lines are visible towing models of Japanese planes several times during the final battle sequences. 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 Raid on Rommel (1971) See more »

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Quality WWII Melodrama
5 February 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Though frequently melodramatic, this film gives a viewer a good feel for the business of running one of the less glamorous but vital warships of the period. Much of the Navy footage is vivid and convincing. The opening dialogue between the old shipbuilder and the young officer is a memorable dramatic device.

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