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The Fighting Seabees

The Fighting Seabees
Movie: The Fighting Seabees(1944)[tt0036824] Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work is dangerous and they doubt the ability of the Navy to protect them. After a series of attacks by the Japanese, something new is tried, Construction Battalions (CBs=Seabees). The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight. Written byJohn Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>
Title The Fighting Seabees
Release Date 10 July 1944 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Drama, Romance, War
Production Companies Republic Pictures (I)
John Wayne
John Wayne...
Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan...
Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward...
Constance Chesley...
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe...
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow...
William Frawley
William Frawley...
Eddie Powers...
Leonid Kinskey
Leonid Kinskey...
Johnny Novasky...
J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan...
Sawyer Collins...
Grant Withers
Grant Withers...
Whanger Spreckles...
Paul Fix
Paul Fix...
Ding Jacobs...
Ben Welden
Ben Welden...
Yump Lumkin...
William Forrest
William Forrest...
Lt. Tom Kerrick...
Addison Richards
Addison Richards...
Capt. Joyce...
Duncan Renaldo
Duncan Renaldo...
Construction Worker at Pa...

Reviews

MartinHafer on 26 January 2006
Saying this film is "propaganda" is not an insult. No, it was deliberately crafted to encourage Americans that we can and will win the war if we stand firm. And what better image of this than the ever-vigilant John Wayne--the embodiment of the Hollywood image of heroism.This film reminds me a lot of The Flying Tigers, though the plot isn't so melodramatic. It's about a crew of civilian engineers sent overseas to do construction for our troops (such as building runways and other projects). BUT, the evil Japanese in the movie take advantage of the fact that these are unarmed civilians and butcher them at every opportunity. So, what is The Duke and his trusted pals to do? Take up arms and use their own equipment when necessary to beat the stuffing out of the Japs! Yes, guys with bulldozers and clubs NEVER could have inflicted the casualties you witness in the movie, but man if it isn't entertaining to watch--particularly the explosive ending.

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