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Report from the Aleutians (1943)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 30 July 1943 (USA)
Filmmaker John Huston narrates this Oscar-nominated World War II-era film about life among the U.S. soldiers protecting Alaska's Aleutian Islands.


John Huston (uncredited)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
John Huston ... Narrator (voice)
Walter Huston ... Voices of officers (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milton Ashkin Milton Ashkin ... Self - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Maj. Milton Ashkin)
Lyle A. Bean Lyle A. Bean ... Self - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. Lyle A. Bean)
Jack Chennault Jack Chennault ... Self - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Col. Jack Chennault)
C.M. McCorkle C.M. McCorkle ... Self - USAAF Commander (as Col. C.M. McCorkle)
Hawley P. Nill Hawley P. Nill ... Self - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. Hawley P. Nill)
William Prince William Prince ... Self - USAAF Commander (as Col. William Prince)
George I. Radell George I. Radell ... Self - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. George I. Radell)
Henry J. Strenkowski Henry J. Strenkowski ... Self - USAAF Fighter Pilot (as Lt. Henry J. Strenkowski)


A official documentary movie about the misson of the US forces on an island of the Aleutians, from which US bombers are attacking the Japanese occupied island Kiska. The movie includes footage from a bombing raid over Kiska with B-17 and B-24 bombers. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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"Bombs Away" on Kiska! See more »


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John Huston narrates this documentary with voice work assistance from his father Walter Huston. See more »


Referenced in Five Came Back: Combat Zones (2017) See more »

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A dull, dry, even annoying telling of what should have been an interesting story.
8 May 2018 | by grantssSee all my reviews

John Huston's WW2 documentary on the Aleutians campaign.

I was intrigued by this documentary as the Aleutians campaign is not covered much in history books or documentaries. Directed by the great John Huston, with some rare footage, what can go wrong?

Well, actually, a lot. The biggest problem is that John Huston decided to narrate the movie himself. His delivery is incredibly off-putting: flowery, bombastic, verbose and all about style rather than substance. Yes, it was a propaganda film, so a bit of salesmanship was required, but a bit more subtlety would have helped the message go down.

The content itself, while showing the daily operations on the US forces in the Aleutians, especially the USAAF, well, doesn't have much of the bigger picture. All we know is the US are on one island, Adak, and the Japanese are on another, Kiska, and the Americans are bombing Kiska on a regular basis. (Don't get me started on how many times Huston says "Kiska"! I grew sick of the word quite quickly). That's it.

Quite disappointing.

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30 July 1943 (USA) See more »

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U.S. Army Signal Corps See more »
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Color (archive footage)| Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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