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The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 10 July 1944 (UK)
During WW2, the U.S. Navy implements a new idea of forming construction battalions that also are fighting units, in case of Japanese attack.

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Complete credited cast:
... Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
... Constance Chesley
... Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
... Eddie Powers
... Johnny Novasky
... Sawyer Collins
... Whanger Spreckles
... Ding Jacobs
... Yump Lumkin
... Lt. Tom Kerrick
... Capt. Joyce
Jay Norris ... Joe Brick
... Construction Worker at Party
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Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work is dangerous and they doubt the ability of the Navy to protect them. After a series of attacks by the Japanese, something new is tried, Construction Battalions (CBs=Seabees). The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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LA HISTORIA REAL DEL CUERPO DE CONSTRUCCION EN LA GUERRA DEL PACIFICO! LOS PAIMEROS EN DESEMBARCAR... LOS PAIMEROS EN PELEAR... LOS PAIMEROS EN AMAR... (ALL-CAPS Mexican lobby card) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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10 July 1944 (UK)  »

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Donovan's Army  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The words to the fun song, the "Song of the Seabees" (music by Peter De Rose and lyrics by Sam Lewis) heard in the movie go like this: "We're the Seabees of the Navy - We can build and we can fight - We'll pave the way to victory - And guard it day and night - And we promise that we'll remember - The 'Seventh of December' ..... "We're the Seabees of the Navy - Bees of the Seven Seas" ..... "The Navy wanted men - That's where we came in - Mister Brown and Mister Jones - The Owens, the Cohens and Flynn - The Navy wanted more - Of Uncle Sammy's kin - So we all joined up - And brother we're in to win!" See more »

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When the Japanese soldier is picked up in the clamshell bucket, the feet beneath the bucket are facing the opposite direction of the soldier. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Powers: I'm Eddie Powers, Donovan's factotum, meaning, "Man Friday". That's Latin.
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow: Well, I'm glad to know you Friday even if it's only Thursday.
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Referenced in Gomer Pyle: USMC: Gomer the M.P. (1965) See more »

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Song Of The Seabees
Music by Peter De Rose (as Peter DeRose)
Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
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Great movie
10 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

A fine John Wayne movie and no WWII movie collector should be without it. This movie's great patriotic musical score is also a fine example of strong & very well-written harmonies for male chorus; the score sounds like the U.S. Navy Band's men's chorus (an astounding group of music professionals by the way) and is a dramatic performance that supports this very positive story of the Seabees. With some added drama along the way, this movie demonstrates some of the work done by the SeaBees - building facilities & runways on remote islands during WWII; massive runway construction with PSP grid materials, bulldozing, & hut construction, which were all representative of the basics that needed accomplishing during this campaign. This was a refreshing viewing experience in that the then media was supportive of the American fighting man, and while this may make some in today's culture wince, that's their problem. Today's warriors and sailors are just as honorable & deserving of the kind of support that surrounds this kind of movie, and watching this production reminds you of that fact. Very dramatic, perhaps over-acted at times, but a great story about our fine Seabees! If you are a patriot, I believe you'll enjoy this movie.


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