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With the Marines at Tarawa (1944)

Documentary short film depicting the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa.

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Richard Brooks (uncredited), Louis Hayward (uncredited)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexander Bonnyman Jr. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. ... Himself - USMC, leads assault on shelter top (unconfirmed)
John Borich John Borich ... Himself - USMC, with Niehoff, shoots flame at shelter top
Merritt A. Edson Merritt A. Edson ... Himself - USMC, salutes flag (unconfirmed)
H.W. Hill H.W. Hill ... Himself - USN (as Adm. Harry Hill)
Harry Niehoff Harry Niehoff ... Himself - USMC, with Borich, lobs bomb on shelter top
David M. Shoup David M. Shoup ... Himself - USMC, confers with his staff (unconfirmed)
Holland M. Smith Holland M. Smith ... Himself - USMC (as Gen. Holland Smith)
Julian C. Smith Julian C. Smith ... Himself - USMC (as Gen. Julian Smith)
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Documentary short film depicting the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa.

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Documentary | Short | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La guerre du Pacifique - With the marines at Tarawa See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarawa, Kiribati

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Two Marine photographers were killed while filming this documentary. See more »

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

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With the Marines at Tarawa
10 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

With the Marines at Tarawa (1944)

*** (out of 4)

Richard Brooks and Louis Hayward co-directed this WWII short that shows us the battle at Tarawa where less than a thousand American soldiers were killed battling the Japanese. If you watch these old WWII films you'll be struck by how brutally honest they are. These films were made to show people back in the States what was going on in the war and a lot of times these shorts were made to build up support for our troops. There were some films that were deemed too controversial to release including some by the great John Huston. This one here certainly isn't a masterpiece but at the same time it's pretty remarkable that you get to see so much of the battle footage and of course the harsh realities of the aftermath. The film was shot in color, which also helped bring the realism to life. This here certainly won't appeal to everyone but history buffs should be entertained by the footage.


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