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While there I saw that they never got rid of the gun emplacements,that the Japanese planes that were shot down were sitll there and also the Wildcats that fought in the battle. I got to see the monument that was erected there and the graves of the construction workers that were later executed.
Seeing all this reminds me of Brian Donlevy as the courageous Marine officer in command and how he endevored to presevere against overwhelming odds. Rod Cameron as Capt. Bayler who becomes the "last man off Wake" and later the real Capt Bayler becomes the first man to return to Wake after the Japanese surrender.
William Bendix and Robert Preston as the two marines are the comedy relief but die valiantly in the end. Albert Dekker portrays the Construction boss who in the movie dies along with the other marines defending the last line of defense. In real life, both he and the marine and naval commander were sent to pow camps and survived the war. Special mention for Walter Abel who portrays the real commander and did not die during the battle. In real life, I believe his name was Cunningham,gave the order to surrender knowing it was futile to continue the fight.
Special kudos for MacDonald Carey for playing Capt. H. Elrod and possibly Maj. Putnam for the bravery of the Naval pilots who fought and died on Wake. Capt.Read more ›
The real Wake Island fell after the U.S. military force, and a large number of civilian construction workers, surrendered. The movie WAKE ISLAND portrays a `last stand' battle with no survivors. Significantly, the movie opens with the image of a silhouetted bugler playing `Taps.' Scenes of leave taking at Pearl Harbor quickly follow, introducing us to major players Maj. Geoffrey Caton (Brian Donlevy) and Lt. Bruce Cameron (Macdonald Carey). Soon after we move down in class and meet the two representative of the common soldier, Pvt. Joe Doyle (Robert Preston) and Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall (William Bendix).
Joe and Smacksie spend their time bickering, bantering, slugging each other and dreaming of home - Smacksie is to muster out within a week when we first meet him. Preston and Bendix are the comic relief, and they supply a rather heavy dose of it. Director John Farrow always included comedy in his movies, but some of the light-hearted moments in WAKE ISLAND surprised me. After all, in early 1942 the war wasn't going at all well for America, and Pearl Harbor and Wake Island both were painfully recent military defeats. Then again, perhaps laughter in the face of adversity and defiance in defeat boosts morale on the homefront.Read more ›
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This is a good old fashioned WWII film. Done when the U.S.needed some positive war news. And being a young "want to be" Marine I ate it up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jarhead64
This is not a very factual account but I still love it, but it still preserves the spirit of sacrifice that apparently happened during the battle for wake. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill Kamler
Great movie about the Gallant U.S. Marines who defended the small Island outpost in the western Pacific for nearly a month after Pearl Harbor.Published 4 months ago by Pclear
Very good WW2 movie. I watched it with my husband and son who love war movies and found it interesting as well.Published 8 months ago by KMidcap
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