The Fighting Seabees

The Fighting Seabees

Edward Ludwig (1944)

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Although denied military service during the Second World War, John Wayne did his fair share of fighting on screen in flag-waving propaganda movies like this one, which is based on a true story. He stars as the boss of a construction company who orders his workers to take up arms against the invading Japanese. It's the one where Wayne's hot-headedness causes his buddy's death, leading him to demolish all the enemy in sight, blasting his way to glory. Well, Borden Chase's screenplay worked then, and it almost works now, and if you're a fan of the Duke, give it a try. By the way, Wayne's leading lady is the young Susan Hayward.


Construction workers battle against Japanese forces while working with the US navy in the South Pacific during the Second World War, while the head of the company and an officer compete for the affections of a local woman. However, when one recklessly causes a tragedy, he seeks redemption by launching an attack on a tank battalion. Drama, starring John Wayne, Susan Hayward and Dennis O'Keefe.

Cast & Crew

Wedge Donovan John Wayne
Constance Chesley Susan Hayward
Lt Cmdr Bob Yarrow Dennis O'Keefe
Eddie Powers William Frawley
Johnny Novasky Leonid Kinskey
Sawyer Collins J M Kerrigan
Whanger Spreckles Grant Withers
Ding Jacobs Paul Fix
Yump Lumkin Ben Welden
Lt Kerrick William Forrest
Captain Joyce Addison Richards
Joe Brick Jay Norris
Juan Duncan Renaldo
Director Edward Ludwig
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video and DVD