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'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 20 December 1943 (USA)
The true story of Carlson's Raiders and their World War II attack on Makin Island.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Lucien Hubbard (screenplay), W.S. LeFrançois (based on the factual story "GUNG HO" by) (as Lt. W.S. LeFrancois U.S.M.C.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Colonel Thorwald
Alan Curtis ... John Harbison
Noah Beery Jr. ... Kurt Richter
J. Carrol Naish ... Lt.C.J.Cristoforos
Sam Levene ... Transport(Leo Andreof)
David Bruce ... Larry O'Ryan
Richard Lane ... Captain Dunphy
Walter Sande ... McBride
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lt.Roland Browning
Robert Mitchum ... Pig-Iron
Rod Cameron ... Rube Tedrow
Grace McDonald ... Kathleen Corrigan
Milburn Stone ... Commander Blake
Peter Coe ... Kozzarowski
Harold Landon Harold Landon ... Frankie Montana
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Storyline

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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Battle cry of the Marine raiders! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gung Ho! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$866,898 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,176,489, 31 December 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first film appearance of the M1 Garand, the standard rifle of the U.S. Army and Marines during WWII and Korea. See more »

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When one of the subs is being attacked by 3 Japanese planes dropping depth charges, the planes shown dropping the depth charges appear to be American F4F Wildcats. See more »

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Featured in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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Dated, but not bad.
28 August 2004 | by capnjonesSee all my reviews

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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