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The Fighting Seabees

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Edward Ludwig
  • 99 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward. Wedge Donovan leads the Seabees, a battalion of construction workers whose efforts to build vital installations in the Pacific are compromised by the invading Japanese.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Wedge DonovanJohn Wayne
Constance ChesleySusan Hayward
Lt Cmdr Bob YarrowDennis O'Keefe
Eddie PowersWilliam Frawley
Johnny NovaskyLeonid Kinskey
Sawyer CollinsJ M Kerrigan
Whanger SprecklesGrant Withers
Ding JacobsPaul Fix
Yump LumkinBen Welden
Lt KerrickWilliam Forrest
Captain JoyceAddison Richards
Joe BrickJay Norris
JuanDuncan Renaldo

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DirectorEdward Ludwig

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Released on
1944-07-10
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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