1940s Wake Island (1942)

Published on June 5th, 2007 | by Chris

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Wake Island (1942)


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On June 5, 2007
Last modified:October 8, 2012

Summary:

Look, I'm all for classic war movies, and Wake Island just ain't one of 'em. Now, I understand the need for a little artistic license, especially in the name of much-needed (and wanted) wartime propaganda flicks. I'm not against that. But there's a line.

Wake Island (1942)Two words: Um. Yeah. Two more words: Don't bother.

Look, I'm all for classic war movies, and Wake Island just ain't one of 'em. Now, I understand the need for a little artistic license, especially in the name of much-needed (and wanted) wartime propaganda flicks. I'm not against that. But there's a line.

First of all, let me point you here, to an historical account of the Battle of Wake Island. Back already? OK.

So maybe Wake Island the movie just embellished the facts a little. OK, a lot. I can give you that.

What I can't give this movie is a good rating based on that alone. With a barely-capable cast barely reciting badly written dialog that sounds like it belongs in some bad kids TV show, this goes on my list of war movie lemons.

Oh, and don't get me started on the special effects. Special in that short-bus kind of way. No care was taken to even pretend to get any kind of continuity. Shots of one plane, turn to shots of a different plane, or even some bi-plane! Eeek!

In short, this thing was rushed out the door by the War Dept. in '42, and it shows. Having just seen such classics deserving the title such as "The Sands of Iwo Jima" and "Sergeant York," this was not a pleasant experience.

I'm stretching to give this one a three. Of ten. Only because at the time, I'm sure they all thought they were doing the right thing, the filmmakers I mean.

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Description

Nominated for four Academy Awards, this hard-hitting film was the first realistic American film made about World War II. Based on the incredible true story of a handful of U.S. Marines holding out against an overwhelming Japanese air, land and sea assault, the film stars Brian Donlevy, MacDonald Carey, Robert Preston and William Bendix as the brave men who battled their way to glory and into the pages of history.

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: UNI DIST CORP. (MCA)
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Brian Donlevy
  • MacDonald Carey
  • Robert Preston
  • William Bendix

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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Wake Island (1942) Chris

Summary: Look, I'm all for classic war movies, and Wake Island just ain't one of 'em. Now, I understand the need for a little artistic license, especially in the name of much-needed (and wanted) wartime propaganda flicks. I'm not against that. But there's a line.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



One Response to Wake Island (1942)

  1. In the same vein as the thoroughly enjoyable Air Force and the dreadful Wake Island comes the light-hearted yet still deadly serious Bombardier.  It’s basically a War Department-sponsored (with real Air Corps Brass no less!) bit of propaganda which f

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