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Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Guadalcanal Diary (1943)





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20th Century-Fox's 1943 filmization of Richard Tregaskis' best-selling book Guadalcanal Diary does full justice to the spare, lean prose of Tregaskis' eyewitness account. The incidents in the "diary" are tied together by an off-screen narrator into a cohesive storyline. The principal characters in this wartime chronicle are marine sergeant Lloyd Nolan, chaplain Preston S. Foster, Mexican enlistee Anthony Quinn, and a Dodgers-lovin' Brooklynite, played by William Bendix.
Action & Adventure , Classics
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Preston S. Foster
as Father Donnelly
Lloyd Nolan
as Sgt. Hook Malone
William Bendix
as Taxi Potts
Richard Conte
as Capt. Davis
Anthony Quinn
as Jesus `Soose' Alvarez
Richard Jaeckel
as Pvt. Johnny Anderson
Roy Roberts
as Capt. Cross
Minor Watson
as Col. Grayson
Ralph Byrd
as Ned Rowman
Reed Hadley
as Correspondent
John Archer
as Lt. Thurmond
Miles Mander
as Weatherby
Harry Carter
as Dispatch Officer
Jack Luden
as Major
Louis Hart
as Lieutenant
Tom Dawson
as Captain
Selmar Jackson
as Col. Thompson
Selmer Jackson
as Col. Thompson
Allen Jung
as Japanese Officer
Paul Fung
as Japanese Prisoner
Warren Ashe
as Col. Morton
Walter Fenner
as Col. Roper
Larry Thompson
as Chaplain
David Peters
as Marine
Martin Black
as Marine
Charles Lang
as Marine
George Holmes
as Marine
Bob Ford
as Marine
Russell Hoyt
as Marine
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Critic Reviews for Guadalcanal Diary

All Critics (3)

A typical, inspirational WWII Hollywood movie, a product of the times and pressures in which it was made.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012

is interesting for a glimpse at the Hollywood propaganda machine of WWII if not for any other reason

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Guadalcanal Diary


"A typical, inspirational WWII Hollywood movie, a product of the times and pressures in which it was made."

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Besides watching the film for the purpose of war propaganda at its time, Guadalcanal Diary bears almost no memorable value when viewed today

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

Solid war film chronicling one of the bloodiest battles of WWII, the taking of Guadalcanal by the U.S. Marines. Nice performances from Richard Conte, Anthony Quinn and a VERY young Richard Jaeckel.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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