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Gung Ho!: The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders

Gung Ho!: The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943)

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Release Date: Dec 20, 1943 Wide

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Accepted in 1943 as standard wartime propaganda, Gung Ho can be seen today as an outrageous exercise in raging machismo. Randolph Scott plays Thorwald, a marine colonel assigned to assemble a crack squadron of fearless jungle fighters for the all-important raid on Japanese-held Makim Island (which in real life was recaptured only a few weeks before the film's release). Thorwald seems determine to select the dregs of the earth for this mission: most of his squadron is comprised of misfits,

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Jul 3, 2001

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Outdated WWII flagwaver.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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... the film moves from the familiar cliches of platoon drama character vignettes to the sinewy action scenes of the invasion.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
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Audience Reviews for Gung Ho!: The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders

Ultra patriotic morale booster from just after America had entered WWII. Randolph Scott takes a break from the saddle to lead a troop into battle. His last speech, directly into the camera, is the very height of 40's Hollywood flag waving. Robert Mitchum who was just starting out has a good, if small, showcase role in one of the 19!! movies he appeared in that year.
June 22, 2013
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Enjoyable but thick with stylistic propaganda.
September 30, 2012
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