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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 »
[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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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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