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Away All Boats (1956)

Approved | | Drama, War | 16 August 1956 (USA)
The story of a U.S. naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, 1943-1945.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Kenneth M. Dodson (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks
George Nader ... Lt. Dave MacDougall
Lex Barker ... Cmdr. Quigley
Julie Adams ... Nadine MacDougall
Keith Andes ... Dr. Bell
Richard Boone ... Lt. Fraser
William Reynolds ... Ens. Kruger
Charles McGraw ... Lt. Mike O'Bannion
Jock Mahoney ... Alvick
John McIntire ... Old Man / Film Intro Voice-over
Frank Faylen ... Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
James Westerfield ... 'Boats' Torgeson
Don Keefer ... Ens. Twitchell
Kendall Clark Kendall Clark ... Lt. Jackson
George Dunn George Dunn ... Hubert
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Storyline

The story of USS 'Belinda', Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. Despite personal friction, the two have plenty to deal with as the only experienced officers on board during the "shakedown." Almost laughable incompetence gradually improves, but the crew remains far from perfect when the ship sees action, landing troops on enemy beachheads. And few anticipate the challenges in store at Okinawa... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The battle cry of the South Pacific See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Away All Boats See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The USS Belinda was in fact the USS Randall, and the movie was filmed during the Korean War. See more »

Goofs

When the boat rocks back and forth when the officer explains why the floors in the mess hall are waxed, there is an external shot that shows the boat and the ocean, the horizon moves with the boat. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks: I assumed you, of all the officers aboard, would most understand my motives for having this sailboat constructed. I was mistaken, Mr. Fraser.
[exits]
Lieut. Fraser: What's that supposed to mean?
Lieut. Dave MacDougall: You're no veteran, not really. You've just put in a lot of time in this Navy.
Lieut. Fraser: Now look, MacDougall!
Lieut. Dave MacDougall: You look! You're closer to the crew than any other officer aboard, yet you're blind to what's been happening to them. The men have been coming unglued from too many months at sea. They'd lost their combat efficiency. ...
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Edited into Midway (1976) See more »

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Life of a captain on a ship is very lonely
27 July 2001 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

Jeff Chandler's portrayal of Captain Jeb Hawks was an example of just how aloof a captain must be during a time of war. A captain's decision must not be made from friendship but what is best for the ship. Captain Hawks only real companion was a monkey. The men on the ship were almost all rookies that had never fought in a war. Hawks had to prepare them for "life and death" but made many enemies out of the crew because of his harsh techniques. The actual war scenes were very realistic. Overall a fine film to watch.


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