Approved | | Drama, Romance, War
During WW2, the U.S. Navy implements a new idea of forming construction battalions that also are fighting units, in case of Japanese attack.
An edition of "The Hollywood Reporter" in July 1943 announced that Republic Pictures was "writing the character of Captain [Henry P.] Needham, commanding officer of the Construction Battalions at Camp Hueneme, into the script . . . and [Associate Producer] Albert J. Cohen has wired for permission to have the captain play himself in the picture". From December 1942-August 1944 Needham was the officer in charge of the Advance Base Receiving Barracks / Advance Base Depot Needham at Port Hueneme, CA. He was also the CBC Commanding Officer at Port Hueneme from 1947-51. However, as it turned out, no character named "Needham" appeared in the film, nor did Needham himself.
I'm Eddie Powers, Donovan's factotum, meaning, "Man Friday". That's Latin.
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow: Well, I'm glad to know you Friday even if it's only Thursday.
When the Japanese tanks attack at 1:30:19, the American "machine gunner" is wearing sunglasses.
The film's opening credits dedication states: "Proudly and gratefully we dedicate this picture to the Civil Engineer Corps and the Construction Battalions - the Seabees of the United States Navy who have fired the imagination of the world with their colorful exploits throughout the Seven Seas."
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