Seven weeks after Pearl Harbor, volunteers form the new 2nd Marine Raider Battalion whose purpose is to raid Japanese-held islands. The men selected come from different walks of life but have toughness in common. Under command of Colonel 'Thorwald', they're trained in all imaginable forms of combat. Then, after a perilous submarine journey, they face a daunting first mission: to annihilate the much larger Japanese garrison on Makin Island, in a lengthy battle sequence.Written by
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I've seen this film several times and it reflects the patriotism of America during WWII. It actually intertwines real history with Hollywood fantasy by modeling the story from the Marine Corps' Raider Battalion. Randolph Scott's Col. Thorwald is loosely based on Lt.Col. Evans Carlson's philosophies and his own experience in China. I enjoyed seeing Noah Beery, who would later become James Garner's dad in "The Rockford Files", and Robert Mitchum, already possessing his laid-back approach to acting. Most war-themed movies made during the war were aimed to boost morale and make our boys into the heroes they eventually became, although at times the dialogue was over-the-top. Still entertaining, and gives an idea what a war with a purpose was about.
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