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Report from the Aleutians (1943)

A cinematic record of US military operations on the Aleutian Island of Adak to retake Japanese occupied Kiska.

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John Huston (uncredited)
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Cast

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Report from the Aleutians See more »

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U.S. Army Signal Corps See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color (Technicolor)
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This documentary was made before the US and Canadian August 1943 invasion of Kiska. However, B-17 and B-24 bombing raid footage is seen at the end of this film. See more »

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Featured in John Huston War Stories (1999) See more »

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Better made than many of the other WWII documentaries of the era
13 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the war, Hollywood became an official propaganda arm of the US government. This unusual relationship meant that Hollywood could use its money and expertise to make high quality films...much higher than the military itself could normally make. That's why the likes of John Ford and Frank Capra made documentaries...very good ones at that. In the case of "Report from the Aleutians", the young but very successful John Huston helmed this project.

The film is about a portion of WWII that few would remember today. Believe it or not, war DID affect Alaska and some tough battles between Japanese and American troops occurred. This coincided, at times, with the attack on Midway Island....as the Aleutian attack was meant as a diversion...one that ultimately failed.

Using excellent footage of the day, nice narration (by the director's father, Walter) and an overall high quality of the project make this one worth seeing...especially if you are a history lover like me.


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