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Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 1 August 1960 (USA)
When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Guy Gabaldon
... Sgt. Bill Hazen
... Cpl. Pete Lewis
... Sheila Lincoln
... Guy - as a Boy
... Capt. Schwabe
... Leonard
Michi Kobi ... Sono
George Shibata ... Kaz Une
... Famika
Richard Gardner ... Polaski
Bob Okazaki ... Papa Une
George Matsui ... George - as a Boy
Nicky Blair ... Martini
... George Une (as George Takai)
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Storyline

True life story of Guy Gabaldon, a Los Angeles Hispanic boy raised in the 1930s by a Japanese-American foster family. Later, during the war, as his foster parents are interned at a camp for Japanese Americans, Gabaldon's ability to speak Japanese helps him become a lone-operating Marine hero. During the bloody capture of the island of Saipan, he convinces 800 Japanese to surrender after their general commits suicide. Written by Anonymous

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The guts! Glory! Gallantry of America's hell-bent for victory Marines! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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1 August 1960 (USA)  »

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Beyond the Call  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Opening credits: This is the story of an immortal fighting man of World War II. Many who never even knew Guy Gabaldon are alive at the present time because of him. Though this United States Marine's deeds came into history's sharp focus on the bloodied hills of Saipan, his story starts in the melting pot of East Los Angeles during the great depression of the early Thirties. See more »

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The tanks used by the Marines were M-48 Patton tanks, which were not produced until 1952, seven years after the war ended. See more »

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Pete: [looking at Sheila] Do you know her?
Bill: Yeah, I know her. Half the guys on the island know her.
Pete: Well, listen, I'm just passing through, but how about a little introduction?
Bill: Pete, do you remember the football game we played with Navy back in ...
Pete: Don't change the subject, just introduce ...
Bill: Not changing the subject! What was the score?
Pete: Nothing to nothing. There was no score.
Bill: THAT is my point! She's a writer for a magazine back in the States. She writes how everyone should give their all to the ...
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 1 September 1960 (1960) See more »

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Hell to Eternity
7 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie many times in the 60's and 70's at the theater, on television, and on VHS. I grew up watching WWII movies and remember this as one that had a special appeal to me. I guess because I lived in Japan in the 1950's and visited some of the locales from the movie. The acting was well done and the story was well told and realistic. It is interesting to view the cast when they were relatively new to movies. David Janssen and Vic Damone stand out in my memory and Jeffrey Hunter was always a class act in films. I highly recommend seeing it if possible. I do find it hard to believe that it is called a "lost classic" and runs so high for a copy. Anyone know where I could get a cheaper copy, I would like to hear from you.


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