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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 »
Commander Quigley is given command of the APA Peacock. There was no USS Peacock during World War II. See more »
Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks:
I assumed you, of all the officers aboard, would most understand my motives for having this sailboat constructed. I was mistaken, Mr. Fraser.
What's that supposed to mean?
Lieut. Dave MacDougall:
You're no veteran, not really. You've just put in a lot of time in this Navy.
Now look, MacDougall!
Lieut. Dave MacDougall:
You look! You're closer to the crew than any other officer aboard, yet you're blind to what's been happening to them. The men have been coming unglued from too many months at sea. They'd lost their combat efficiency. ...
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One of the best WW2 films. There are several reasons why I rate this as only just below the top notch WW2 films. The special effects for the period are excellent, particularly during the kamikaze attacks. You only need to look back to WW2 films from a few years before this (They Were Expendable, Guadalcanal Diary etc) to see the advances that were made in special effects over a short period. The fact that it is not based on one of the more high profile naval vessels such as aircraft carrier, submarine, battleship is also a bonus. The purpose of the transport ships was to land the troops safely at a given point at a given time. They were not glamorous but were critical to the success of island hopping in WW2. The film also shows human frailties as well as strengths such as incompetence, poor officers, even cowardice is hinted at.
The story develops well, and shows the moulding together of a crew to become an effective fighting force. How realistic it is I don't know, but it looks good on film. The fact that there are several character actors well known at the time such as Richard Boone is a bonus.
Some of the scenes are a bit over the top and detract slightly from the quality, but I think this is pretty typical of films from this era. Not sure the scenes between George Nader and Julie Adams add much to the film, but I suppose they do demonstrate that many of the crew were family men and that sacrifices were made by all, not just those directly involved in the war.
Altogether very good though, and a film I shall enjoy watching frequently.
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