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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:

HOT LEAD! COLD STEEL! YANKEE GUTS! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's director, Ray Enright, fought in the US Army Signal Corps during World War I. 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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Can you say PROPAGANDA film?
17 October 2003 | by grahamsj3See all my reviews

This film, made in 1943, doesn't even try to hide its purpose. It's propaganda, pure and simple. Several scenes are shot and narrated in a documentary type of mode. The film was shot only months after the actual events took place. Randolph Scott was a good actor, but they threw this together so quickly that he didn't have time to do a decent job. Young (and I mean YOUNG) Robert Mitchum is the best actor in the film and he isn't nearly up to his usual standards. The story is good, and I believe that, given the language constraints of 1943, the film is as well written as it could be. The battle sequences are fair. There's a good bit of obvious choreography in the hand-to-hand scenes. Overall, judged against other films of its type, this one isn't too awful bad.


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