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Away All Boats (1956)

Approved | | Drama, War | 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:
Nadine MacDougall
Dr. Bell
Lt. Mike O'Bannion
Old Man / Film Intro Voice-over
Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
'Boats' Torgeson
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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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Exciting, inspiring story of battle action in Pacific Theater See more »


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Release Date:

16 August 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Away All Boats  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The USS Sanborn--aka USS Belinda--received two battle stars for World War II service. See more »


Lines are visible towing models of Japanese planes several times during the final battle sequences. See more »


Lieut. Dave MacDougall: Well, Sir, it took some doing, but we finally got our boats away.
Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks: Yes, you got them away in exactly one hour and forty three minutes.
Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks: What are you waiting around for, MacDougall, a 'Well Done'?
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Edited into Raid on Rommel (1971) See more »

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THE quintessential war film
28 April 2003 | by 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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