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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
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The rendezvous point was filmed at Hanalei Pier located on Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. See more »


At 13:29, Tony Curtis and a squad of Marines are beginning their mission. Tony Curtis is wearing a pair of Converse Black High tops with white toes. See more »


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Not Bad B Movie
22 December 2008 | by georgegauthierSee all my reviews

The other reviews pretty much cover the ground. The premise is pretty hokey. What was a French planter doing on islands that were never controlled by France. How could he have lived his whole life on those islands when he must have been born before the British, not the French, made them a protectorate? How did a planter living on an island occupied by the Japanese learn the location of sea mines planted around the island of Bougainville, 30 miles away?

One more complaint. Why do so many movies have the heroine trip and hurt her ankle. So many have silly scenes like that: "'help I've fallen and I can't get up."

I will next limit my comments to a few corrections.

One review refers to the scene of the action as an "atoll". Wrong, atolls are low islands built up from coral. This was obviously filmed on one of the high volcanic islands that dot the Pacific Ocean, Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.

Another comment call it a "wartime movie". Filmed in 1953, it was far too late for that. After all WW II ended in 1945.

One review mentioned similar movies, described as those with

"American soldiers battling Japanese on the Pacific islands during the WWII are the following: ..... Objective Burma by Raoul Walsh with Errol Flynn"

Sorry, but Burma is a whole country all its own on the Asian mainland. It is not an island in the Pacific or any other ocean. The only coastline it has faces the Indian Ocean. The movie really frosted the Brits when it came out in 1944 since they knew full well that Burma was the objective of the British XIVth Army which re-conquered it from the Japanese. The Brits angrily objected to Americans claiming that victory in the movies. Ironically the XIVth Army was made up largely of divisions from the Indian Army.

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5 February 1954 (USA) See more »

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La patrouille infernale See more »


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$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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