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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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The studio got the U.S. Navy's permission to join 200 ships and 10,000 men in the Virgin Islands, to film a three-day assault on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Some of the footage was included in Away All Boats. The cast and crew boarded in St. Thomas and filmed aboard the USS Randall (renamed the Belinda in the film). The film crew shot deck and aerial photography of the Navy's maneuvers. Director Pevney hired 25 Marines as extras for the film. See more »
Lines are visible towing models of Japanese planes several times during the final battle sequences. See more »
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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