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The Fighting Seabees ()


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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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Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
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Constance Chesley
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Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
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Eddie Powers
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Johnny Novasky
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Sawyer Collins
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Whanger Spreckles
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Ding Jacobs
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Yump Lumkin
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Lt. Tom Kerrick
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Capt. Joyce
Jay Norris ...
Joe Brick
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Construction Worker at Party
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
Lee Adams ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
Joel Allen ...
Coxswain (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Seabee Barcroft (uncredited)
Roy Brent ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
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Pilot (uncredited)
Charles D. Brown ...
Capt. Squires (uncredited)
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Seabee (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Navy Observer (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Construction Worker (uncredited)
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Capt. Joyce's Secretary (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Orderly (uncredited)
Gene Gary ...
French Construction Worker (uncredited)
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Construction Worker (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Passenger (uncredited)
Ernest Golm ...
Van Pelt (uncredited)
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Construction Worker in Shelter (uncredited)
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Man Walking to File Cabinet (uncredited)
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Swede (uncredited)
Alex Havier ...
Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
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Capt. Millard (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ...
Extra at Dock (uncredited)
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Meteorological Officer (uncredited)
Robert Katcher ...
Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
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Kitty - Secretary (uncredited)
James B. Leong ...
Japanese Officer (uncredited)
Jung Lim ...
Japanese Officer (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
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Johnson (uncredited)
Clarence Lung ...
Japanese Officer (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
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Twinkles Tucker - Jitterbugger (uncredited)
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Construction Worker Who Dies (uncredited)
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Jonesey (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
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Lt. Cmdr. Stewart (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ...
Radioman (uncredited)
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Extra at Dock (uncredited)
Al Murphy ...
Costruction Worker (uncredited)
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Navy Surgeon (uncredited)
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Arriving Construction Worker (uncredited)
Paul Parry ...
Lt. Cmdr. Stuart (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ...
Seabee (uncredited)
Joey Ray ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
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Dance Extra (uncredited)
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Lt. Cmdr. Kane (uncredited)
George Sherwood ...
Lieutenant Commander in Chartroom (uncredited)
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Seabee (uncredited)
Larry Stewart ...
Seabee (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ...
Signalman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
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Aircraft Carrier Captain (uncredited)
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Lt. Cmdr. Hood (uncredited)
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Indian Seabee (uncredited)
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Randolph (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ...
Spec - Reporter (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ...
Lt. Cmdr. Hunter (uncredited)
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Arriving Construction Worker (uncredited)
Buddy Wilkerson ...
Gunner (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edward Ludwig

Written by

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Borden Chase ... (screenplay) &
Æneas MacKenzie ... (screenplay) (as Aeneas MacKenzie)
 
Borden Chase ... (original story)
 
Ethel Hill ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Dale Van Every ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Albert J. Cohen ... associate producer

Music by

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Walter Scharf ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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William Bradford ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Richard L. Van Enger ... (as Richard Van Enger)

Art Direction by

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Duncan Cramer

Set Decoration by

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Otto Siegel ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Adele Palmer ... (gowns) (as Adele)

Makeup Department

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Peggy Gray ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Littlefield ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Mark ... makeup supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Howard Lydecker ... second unit
Yakima Canutt ... second unit director (uncredited)
Philip Ford ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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T.A. Carman ... sound (as Tom Carman)
Howard Wilson ... sound

Special Effects by

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Theodore Lydecker ... special effects

Stunts

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George Bruggeman ... stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)

Music Department

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Joseph Dubin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Glasser ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mort Glickman ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gil Grau ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Herman Hand ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Walter Scharf ... musical director (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jack Virgil ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Hubert Hunter ... technical advisor (as Lt.Comdr. Hubert Hunter CEC-V{S} USNR.)
William A. McManus ... technical advisor (as Lt.Comdr. William A. McManus {CEC} U S N.)
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines ROMANCE OF THE SEVEN SEAS! (original poster - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Donovan's Army (United States)
  • The Fighting CBs (World-wide, English title)
  • Alerte aux marines (France)
  • Batallón de construcción (Spain)
  • Ceux du Pacifique (Belgium, French title)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film's portrayal of Japanese characters was considered particularly racist even for a propaganda film made during World War II. See more »
Goofs In a couple of scenes, Japanese soldiers are seen pulling the pin out of grenades with their teeth and throwing them American style. Actual Japanese grenades had a compression actuator, not a pin. Typically, they would smack the top of the grenade on their helmet to start the fuse and then throw. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in That's Action (1977). See more »
Soundtracks Song Of The Seabees 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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