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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10 February 2005 | twoot
Wayne's "War" Record
Werner's rather tepid 6 out of 10 evaluation of THE FIGHTING SEABEES notwithstanding (I'd have given the film much higher, but that is just opinion), the allegation that Wayne failed to perform military service during World War II owing to "disabling restrictions" is simply not true. Accounts vary in accounting for his lack of military service, but none of them have to do with disabilities of any kind. As a married man with four children, he was exempt from the draft. His daughter Ayssa reports that Wayne was eager for military service but that pressure from Republic Pictures (with whom he was making enormously profitable films) convinced him not to volunteer for military service. A less flattering picture emerges from Gary Wills JOHN WAYNE'S America: THE POLITICS OF CELEBRITY in which evidence seems to indicate that Wayne (who was no physical coward by any stretch of the imagination) made a complex decision based on his growing stature in the film industry, his value as a propaganda symbol, his increasing paycheck, and the fact that he found film-making so rewarding. Whether an outside observer finds this an appealing portrait or not, there is ample evidence to suggest that Wayne always regretted thereafter not having served on active duty.

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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

In some of the Japanese attacks, they are using belt-fed American light machine guns rather than than Japanese stick-fed light machine guns.


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

Ireland Must Be Heaven, for My Mother Came from There
(uncredited)
Music by
Fred Fisher
Lyrics by Howard Johnson and Joseph McCarthy
Sung by William Frawley

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Genres

Drama | Romance | War

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