The Fighting Seabees

1944

Action / Drama / Romance / War

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 72%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 2858

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John Wayne as Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
Paul Fix as Ding Jacobs
Susan Hayward as Constance Chesley
Robert J. Wilke as Arriving Construction Worker
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1hr 40 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Benedito Dias Rodrigues 6 / 10

Wartime propaganda trying convincing Americans to die!!!

It's quite understandable that wartime this ultra nationalism propaganda make sense,war is war including this unreliable movie even more with John Wayne leading the process,works to Americans who needed to be convincing your people to die for the country....typical movie that didn't add to much in nothing...only to Americans whose are blind about the war!!

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First watch: 1993 / How many: 2 / Source: TV-DVD / Rating: 6

Reviewed by weezeralfalfa 8 / 10

The Duke and his Seabees hold off the Japs, but Duke dies.

To me, this wartime morale booster succeeds admirably in its main goals, emphasizing the importance of specialized construction crews in war efforts, and their need to be able to defend themselves against enemy fire. I can't think of another film that acknowledges the importance of specialized military construction and repair crews. Without them, in modern warfare, it would be like having singers with no song writers.

The name Seabees was created by one Frank Iafrate, who was asked to draw a cartoon-like insignia for the newly anointed construction battalions. He decided to characterize them as busy bees, which don't bother others unless they are bothered themselves, in which case they retaliate with a painful sting. Serendipitously, Seabees can also be thought of as standing for CBs: Construction Battalions.

One reviewer commented that the typical age of Seabees was 40s and 50s, not the 20s and 30s of most members shown. According to Wikipedia, initially, when recruits were volunteers, the mean age was 37. Later, when new recruits were all drafted, the mean age dropped considerably.

Reviewers often lament the characterization of Japanese soldiers and airmen as 'bug-eyed monkeys' with fiendish grins, implying they were racially inferior to Caucasians. Remember that Americans were still hopping mad about Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, and that anti- Japanese and anti-Chinese sentiments of most Caucasian Americans was a long established tradition. If I remember, Japanese combatants weren't much better portrayed in other war films of this era..

Twice, John Wayne, as commander of the Seabees on this island, disobeys orders not to allow his men to defend themselves against snipers and Japanese mass attacks. This emphasizes the greater danger that Seabees often suffered than regular combatants in war zones, and thus their need to be trained to use firearms and to have firearms available when deemed necessary. Thus, in a pinch, Seabees might function as sort of a ground force for the Navy.

In the first instance of disobedience, Wayne should have contacted Commander Yarrow(Dennis O'Keefe) before he armed his men and sent them looking for Japanese. He would have found out that the naval forces under Yarrow had set up a cross-fire ambush. But Wayne's men were moving right into the line of fire, and too many were killed by Japs.

Probably, the 2 most important structures the Seabees built on this island were a pair of petrol tanks and the air strip. The workers were shown laying down sections of Marston Mats, made of perforated steel sheets, often used to make short term airfields quickly.

Susan Hayward's character, serving as the love interest for both Wayne and Yarrow, was essentially decorative, she being quite a cutie. Perhaps she should have been cast as a Navy nurse rather than a war correspondent. Then, perhaps she wouldn't have largely disappeared in the second half of the film, until the ending.

"The Song of the Seabees",quite memorable, was sung during the opening and closing credits, and I believe once during the film. "Where Do You Work a, John" was also a pleasant ditty for a group sing.

The construction sets, such as housing, the oil tanks and airfield, were often filmed and used in the finished film. It was filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch, where many a movie was largely filmed. It is said to have had the biggest budget in the history of Republic Films.

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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Routine wartime heroics

THE FIGHTING SEABEES is a standard WW2 propaganda film featuring John Wayne in a typically gruff role as a leader of men. It's an example of routine wartime heroics that follows the adventures of one of the Construction Battalions that toured the Pacific islands, helping to build bases and providing aid to the soldiers and pilots using the area.

The film is briskly plotted and follows all of the usual routines, with a little romance and characterisation of the main characters and plenty of action for the ground-level troops. Wayne is his usual likable hero although he doesn't get as much screen time to swagger this time around due to the amount of supporting characters. The best part of the film is the climactic battle, as violent and explosive as it is.

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