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Beachhead (1954)

Approved | | Drama, War | 5 February 1954 (USA)
In 1943, in the wake of the Allied amphibious landing on the Japanese-held Bougainville Island, four Marines are sent to scout the location of Japanese minefields.


Stuart Heisler


Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Richard G. Hubler (novel)




Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Burke
Frank Lovejoy ... Sgt. Fletcher
Mary Murphy ... Nina Bouchard
Eduard Franz ... Bouchard, French Planter
Skip Homeier ... Reynolds
John Doucette ... Maj. Scott
Alan Wells ... Biggerman
Akira Fukunaga Akira Fukunaga ... Terrified Japanese Sailor (as Sunshine Akira Fukunaga)
Dan Aoki Dan Aoki ... Japanese Sniper
Steamboat Mokuahi Steamboat Mokuahi ... Malanesian, Island Native


On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits. They must battle nature, hard terrain, and advancing Japanese troops. Written by Jeremy Kirk <kirkman316@yahoo.com>

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An Action-Hungry Marine...An Untamed Captive Beauty...Tangling in the heat of the jungle ! See more »


Drama | War


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Tony Curtis was on loan from Universal-International. See more »


At about 1.05 min, as they are in the boat on the river Tony Curtis is rowing with only one oar at the back of the boat, but the boat is going too fast for just one person to be rowing that way. Also the oar is horizontal, hardly in the water at all when it would need to be vertical and fully submerged. See more »


Referenced in Killer's Kiss (1955) See more »

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Watchable....but nothing more.
21 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Beachhead" is an okay war film but it certainly could have been a lot better. It's a shame, as with a few changes, it would have been a dandy film.

The film begins with a small group of men (including Frank Lovejoy and a young Tony Curtis) in the Pacific are sent on a reconnaissance mission just before a huge invasion during WWII. They need to find a Frenchman and determine if the information he's relayed to the military about the Japanese is accurate or not. Not surprisingly for a clichéd film, when they finally find him he turns out to have a hot daughter--one who really bogs down the film and does nothing to advance the film. Again and again, the guys seem to forget that their goal is to get the information and get back as soon as possible--as they REALLY want to score with this cute young lady! In the end, I assume they didn't have enough money to complete the spectacular battle sequence--so they superimposed a lot of fake explosions over the enemy soldiers and a ship that seemed to have nothing to do with this battle scene! While it's not a terrible film (there are a few taut moments), there are just too many plot problems and silly dialog to make it a film you need to see. Also, it did seem very strange that the Frenchman's hot daughter had no French accent whatsoever. Odd, to say the least.

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Release Date:

5 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La patrouille infernale See more »


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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