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Away All Boats (1956)

 -  War | Drama  -  16 August 1956 (USA)
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The story of a U.S. naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, 1943-1945.

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Lt. Dave MacDougall
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Commander Quigley
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Nadine MacDougall
Keith Andes ...
Doctor Bell
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Lieut. Fraser
William Reynolds ...
Ensign Kruger
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Lieut. Mike O'Bannion
Jock Mahoney ...
Alvick
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Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
James Westerfield ...
'Boats' Torgeson
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Ensign Twitchell
Kendall Clark ...
Lieut. Jackson
George Dunn ...
Hubert
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The battle cry of the South Pacific See more »

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16 August 1956 (USA)  »

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This movie contains the best "beefcake" scene in the career of William Reynolds, an actor who rarely bared his chest. Here, at about age 24, he's shown shirtless, sitting up in bed while a doctor (Keith Andes) wraps a bandage around his leg. See more »

Goofs

When the boat rocks back and forth when the officer explains why the floors in the mess hall are waxed, there is an external shot that shows the boat and the ocean, the horizon moves with the boat. See more »

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Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks: The singular duty of this ship is to carry a combat-loaded battallion landing team of some 1400 officers & men and land them together with all necessary equipment right in the laps of the enemy. You are going to learn how to accomplish this. Easily, I hope. Or, if you prefer, as painfully as you wish.
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THE quintessential war film
28 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a true classic and one against which many other films of the genre have been judged. This is basically THE representative film of all the World War 2 films made in the 50's. Some of those other films were better than this one, some worse. This film is a middle of the road type film. It has a couple of big stars and a lot of character actors as well....faces you've seen in lots of films, yet you don't know the actors name. LOTS of actors made very comfortable lives doing just this sort of work. Some of those actors eventually became stars, like Richard Boone and Jeff Chandler, but the majority didn't. War films flourished in the late 40's and through the 50's, usually black and white (this one is color), low budget films, but Hollywood churned them out. And people flocked to them. This one is no exception...well done, overall.


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