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The Fighting Seabees (1944)

The Fighting Seabees




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Movie Info

In this film, Wedge Donovan is a hard-headed construction worker stationed in the Pacific during WWII. When the Japanese attack the island, Donovan and Lieutenant Commander Robert Yarrow get the go-ahead to start a naval construction unit called the Seabees to help out with the war effort.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Borden Chase, Aeneas MacKenzie
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001


John Wayne
as Wedge Donovan
Susan Hayward
as Constance Chesley
Dennis O'Keefe
as Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yar...
William Frawley
as Eddie Powers
Leonid Kinskey
as Johnny Novasky
J.M. Kerrigan
as Sawyer Collins
Grant Withers
as Whanger Spreckles
Paul Fix
as Ding Jacobs
Ben Welden
as Yump Lumkin
William Forrest
as Lt. Kerrick
Addison Richards
as Captain Joyce
Jay Norris
as Joe Brick
Crane Whitley
as Refueling officer
Tom London
as Johnson
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Critic Reviews for The Fighting Seabees

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of John Wayne's popular WWII movies, in which his hero shows the exepected rebellious independence.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011

WWII flag waving + Duke Wayne = can't miss action.

August 10, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Standard WW2 flagwaver.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

September 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Fighting Seabees


No more no less than a propaganda film, made during wartime. Wayne plays a construction chief convinced to the necessity of training construction workers to fight as well. There's a couple of good action scenes and Susan Wayward for the curious love angle ( she's the only female around on a Japanese held island!). Standard fare.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a straight up Hollywood- propoganda- you-better-we-can-beat-the-Japs flick. While briefly kinda sorta capsulizing the creation of the SeaBees construction battalion during World War 2 it's loaded with good ole John Ford/ Wayne Irish drinking buddies battling stock war footage Japanese and USA Navy command. It's a paint by the numbers film but it's a great example of golden age Hollywood supporting the war effort in the 1940's.

All-American hero John Wayne takes a crew of construction workers and turns them into one of WWII's toughest fighting forces in this action-packed war classic. But first he has to convince the army b...( read more read more... )rass to let his civilians bear arms, and then he's got to whip them into combat shape. Now Wayne is fighting for his life on a different battlefield when he's brought up on court-martial charges for leading his troops in an all-out assault against the Japanese. It's Wayne at his best, playing the kind of rough-and-tumble man of honor that made him a legend and Hollywood's biggest star. An entertaining combination of strong supporting performances by Daniel O'Keefe and ravishing, about-to-be superstar Susan Hayward.

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