The Fighting Seabees

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Overview

The Fighting Seabees is Republic Pictures' rip-roaring tribute to the US Navy's Construction Batallions (C.B.), without whom no plane would ever have gotten off the ground during WW2. John Wayne stars as Wedge Donovan, head of civilian construction company stationed in a pre-Pearl Harbor South Pacific war area. Despite Donovan's pleas to the Navy brass, he is denied permission to train his men for combat, the better to stave off imminent Japanese attack. Only after incurring heavy losses is Donovan given a ...
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Overview

The Fighting Seabees is Republic Pictures' rip-roaring tribute to the US Navy's Construction Batallions (C.B.), without whom no plane would ever have gotten off the ground during WW2. John Wayne stars as Wedge Donovan, head of civilian construction company stationed in a pre-Pearl Harbor South Pacific war area. Despite Donovan's pleas to the Navy brass, he is denied permission to train his men for combat, the better to stave off imminent Japanese attack. Only after incurring heavy losses is Donovan given a commission and his men officially enlisted in the Navy. The self-sacrifical climax, as Donovan destroys a Japanese tank batallion at the cost of his own life, is one of the best-staged action highlights of its kind. As Constance Chesley, Susan Hayward finds herself in the unenviable position of being the apex in a romantic triangle involving herself, Wedge Donovan and Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow (Dennis O'Keefe); her climactic speech, explaining how it's possible to love two men equally, is so well delivered that it transcends its essential corniness. Of the supporting cast, William Frawley stands out as Irish seabee Eddie Powers, who virtually signs his own death warrant when he begins singing happily just before an enemy sneak attack.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2013
  • UPC: 887090058803
  • Original Release: 1944
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 31,812

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Wedge Donovan
Susan Hayward Constance Chesley
Dennis O'Keefe Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow
William Frawley Eddie Powers
Leonid Kinskey Johnny Novasky
J.M. Kerrigan Sawyer Collins
Grant Withers Whanger Spreckles
Paul Fix Ding Jacobs
Ben Welden Yump Lumkin
William Forrest Lt. Kerrick
Addison Richards Captain Joyce
Jay Norris Joe Brick
Duncan Renaldo Juan
Tom London Johnson
Crane Whitley Refueling officer
William Hall
Charles D. Brown
Roy Barcroft
Chief Thundercloud
Charles Trowbridge
Wally Wales Seabee
Technical Credits
Edward Ludwig Director
Howard Lydecker Director
William Bradford Cinematographer
Borden Chase Screenwriter
Albert J. Cohen Associate Producer
Duncan Cramer Art Director
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Aeneas MacKenzie Screenwriter
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Editor
Roy Webb Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fighting Seabees

    Excellent Excellent Movie. My Dad was a Seabee during WWII and went to the South Pacific for 14 months. This movie made me remember all of the things he told us about his 14 month stay there. I love a good John Wayne movie and this is the frosting on the cake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Different Drummer

    Thoroughly enjoyed viewing the establishing of the Seabees. The comraderie, pitfalls for not following orders and rewards for team work and discipline were well made. It was great fun to see many of the classic character actors in this nostalgic patriotic piece. Though the movie lacked the graphic details of war, I've seen more than enough through the photos my father(one of the Navy Band snare drummers in this movie and a Seabee in the South Pacific after the filming of this movie) snapped while in New Guinea and the Philippines. The romantic trio was a bit hokey, but the story of the sacrifices, some quite unnecessary, was aptly put. The original version is fine, but I look forward to seeing the anniversary edition on DVD with all the extra features.

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    Posted March 16, 2009

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