Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)

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In 1941, after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, American civilian Craig Benson helps organizing the Philippine guerrilla fighters, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded civilians.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Benson
Gary Crosby ...
Marty Sackler
Ruth Benson
Alejandro Rey ...
Julio Fontana
Marjorie Stapp ...
Caroline Pelham
Barry Atwater ...
E.J. André ...
Dr. Van Bart
Dale Ishimoto ...
Lillian Bronson ...
Delia Ellis
Pilar Seurat ...
William Mims ...
Tiger Blair
Sara Anderson ...
Mrs. Thompson
Kevin Brodie ...
Timmy Thompson


This is only the second Audie Murphy movie set in WWII after his autobiographical "To Hell and Back." Here Murphy steps out of his usual kid-Western role to play a civilian working for the Navy helping supply guerilla insurgents in the Philippines. His sole motive is not politics nor bravery, but to find his bride from whom he was separated during the Japanese invasion two years before. Written by Anonymous

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June 1961 (USA)  »

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Sangre en la playa  »

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Did You Know?


When the two Americans were watching a passing "Japanese" cruiser the ship in the binoculars was actually a British three stack cruiser and the long view off the cliff was an American two stack destroyer. See more »


Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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Bloody Ridiculous
11 May 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Battle at Bloody Beach was one of Audie Murphy's attempts to get away from the western casting where he did so well and should have stayed in his career. It bears some resemblance to John Wayne's Back to Bataan and Tyrone Power's An American Guerrilla in the Phillipines in subject matter.

But the latter had the advantage of great color cinematography and was shot in the actual scenes of the Phillipines. This particular cheapie was done on Catalina, it looks like it was done over a couple of long weekends.

The plot as it were has Murphy as an American running supplies to the Filipino insurrectionists and discovering his wife, Dolores Michaels believing he was dead, having taken up with Filipino guerrilla Alejandro Rey both politically and personally. That leads to some tense moments as Murphy leads some refugees away from the oncoming Japanese.

The battle itself is the climax as Murphy with Gary Crosby and assorted help mows down row after row of charging Japanese. Now why the Japanese commander didn't size up the situation and wait for some artillery before getting all his troops slaughtered in a charge is a mystery to me.

I'll be willing to bet that somewhere in the financing of this film was Gary's father who was always doing things like that for his sons. Good thing Bing had the sense to keep his name off the credits if he did.

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