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Away All Boats (1956)

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The story of a U.S. naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, 1943-1945.



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Doctor Bell
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Lieut. Mike O'Bannion
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Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
James Westerfield ...
'Boats' Torgeson
Ensign Twitchell
Kendall Clark ...
Lieut. Jackson
George Dunn ...


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 <>

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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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Away All Boats  »

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Clint Eastwood's voice is dubbed by another actor. See more »


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 »


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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Life of a captain on a ship is very lonely
27 July 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Jeff Chandler's portrayal of Captain Jeb Hawks was an example of just how aloof a captain must be during a time of war. A captain's decision must not be made from friendship but what is best for the ship. Captain Hawks only real companion was a monkey. The men on the ship were almost all rookies that had never fought in a war. Hawks had to prepare them for "life and death" but made many enemies out of the crew because of his harsh techniques. The actual war scenes were very realistic. Overall a fine film to watch.

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