The Fighting Seabees (1944)

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During WW2, the U.S. Navy implements a new idea of forming construction battalions that also are fighting units, in case of Japanese attack.


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22 August 2001 | michaelRokeefe
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| If it is worth fighting for...fight.
John Wayne is the boss of a civilian construction company building for the Navy in WW2. While working on a remote Pacific island the attacking Japanese forces interrupt construction and Wayne must convince the Government to let his men help the Navy fight back; thus the world renowned 'fighting Seabees'. This is a very good war drama and a fine cast that also features Susan Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe and William Frawley.

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Eddie Powers: 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.


Goofs

When the Japanese tanks attack at 1:30:19, the American "machine gunner" is wearing sunglasses.


Crazy Credits

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."


Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version.


Soundtracks

Where Do You Work-a, John?
(uncredited)
Music by
Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mortimer Weinberg and Charley Marks
Sung by those at the coming home party

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Plot Summary


Genres

Drama | Romance | War

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

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