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Away All Boats (1956)

The story of a U.S. naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, 1943-1945.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Kenneth M. Dodson (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks
George Nader ... Lt. Dave MacDougall
Lex Barker ... Cmdr. Quigley
Julie Adams ... Nadine MacDougall
Keith Andes ... Dr. Bell
Richard Boone ... Lt. Fraser
William Reynolds ... Ens. Kruger
Charles McGraw ... Lt. Mike O'Bannion
Jock Mahoney ... Alvick
John McIntire ... Old Man / Film Intro Voice-over
Frank Faylen ... Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
James Westerfield ... 'Boats' Torgeson
Don Keefer ... Ens. Twitchell
Kendall Clark Kendall Clark ... Lt. Jackson
George Dunn George Dunn ... Hubert
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Storyline

The story of USS 'Belinda', Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. Despite personal friction, the two have plenty to deal with as the only experienced officers on board during the "shakedown." Almost laughable incompetence gradually improves, but the crew remains far from perfect when the ship sees action, landing troops on enemy beachheads. And few anticipate the challenges in store at Okinawa... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The battle cry of the South Pacific See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1956 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Gevechtsklaar See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name Belinda is a fabrication. No ship ever sailed with the hull number of APA-22. The USS Joseph Hewes (AP-50) was designated for reclassification as APA-22 in early 1943, but she was lost in November of 1942 before the change occurred. As the numerical sequence of attack transport hull numbers had already been assigned, the number was not reissued. See more »

Goofs

Lines are visible towing models of Japanese planes several times during the final battle sequences. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks: The singular duty of this ship is to carry a combat-loaded battallion landing team of some 1400 officers & men and land them together with all necessary equipment right in the laps of the enemy. You are going to learn how to accomplish this. Easily, I hope. Or, if you prefer, as painfully as you wish.
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Edited into Battle of Midway (1976) See more »

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THE quintessential war film
28 April 2003 | by grahamsj3See all my reviews

This film is a true classic and one against which many other films of the genre have been judged. This is basically THE representative film of all the World War 2 films made in the 50's. Some of those other films were better than this one, some worse. This film is a middle of the road type film. It has a couple of big stars and a lot of character actors as well....faces you've seen in lots of films, yet you don't know the actors name. LOTS of actors made very comfortable lives doing just this sort of work. Some of those actors eventually became stars, like Richard Boone and Jeff Chandler, but the majority didn't. War films flourished in the late 40's and through the 50's, usually black and white (this one is color), low budget films, but Hollywood churned them out. And people flocked to them. This one is no exception...well done, overall.


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