A U.S. Marine major tries to keep his captain on the right track through combat on Guadalcanal, training new recruits in San Diego, and a relationship with a WAAAF while on leave in Australia.
COURAGE - Cold as the Steel of their Bayonets! ROMANCE - Warm as the Love which Inspires It! ACTION - Shaking the Skies!
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Did You Know?
Capt Craig is motivated by the torture and mutilation of a fellow Marine by the Japanese. A real Marine who served on Guadalcanal reported that when he went on a mission to recover the bodies of an ambushed patrol, a Marine sergeant told him the American bodies had been beheaded and had their genitals stuffed in the mouths. The earliest accounts of US troops wearing the ears from Japanese corpses occurred after captured photos showed mutilated Marine bodies from the Battle of Wake Island. See more
As Pat O'Brien and Robert Ryan are walking down the street, toward the USO. They can be seen to salute twice. The first time as they are walking down the street no member of military can be seen. Only men wearing fedora's and civilian clothes are seen walking down the street. See more
Lt. Ellen Foster
You look lovely.
Capt. Dan Craig
A marine's not supposed to look lovely.
Lt. Ellen Foster
Opening credits prologue: (tickertape) 12 SEPT. 1942 ...... IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC UNITED STATES MARINES ON GUADALCANAL LAST NIGHT ENGAGED IN MINOR SKIRMISHES AND PATROL ACTIVITY. JAPANESE REINFORCEMENTS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN LANDED. OUR POSITIONS REMAIN INTACT. See more
Bless 'em All
Written by Fred Godfrey
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes
and Frank Lake
Sung at the bar and heard as a theme See more