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Wake Island (1942) was a War - Drama Film directed by John Farrow and produced by Joseph Sistrom.

Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorWilliam BendixNominated
Best DirectorJohn FarrowNominated
Best PictureParamountNominated
Best WritingW. R. Burnett, Frank ButlerNominated
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Wake Island (1942)

By Beatrice on Aug 30, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Wake Island Directed by John Farrow Written by W. R. Burnett and Frank Butler 1942/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Universal Studios DVD Why, if??Wake Island is the first “action” WWII movie, does it feel like such a cliche? ?Maybe this is where these cliches started? The film beg... Read full article


Wake Island

By Alyson on May 24, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

You know, I enjoy a good old American war film as much as the next guy, but Wake Island does a horrible service to the Alamo of the Pacific.? Today, it just isn’t relevant.? Between it’s style of comedy and chronic battle scenes it’s likely to just annoy a 21st century audience.... Read full article


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Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall: [Dressed in civilian clothes] World, her I cpme!


Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall: The dumber those guys get, the more stripes you get.
Pvt. Joe Doyle: You oughta look like a zebra.


Maj. Geoffrey Caton: Boys, the honeymoon's over. From now on you're marines.


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The film shows the death of the naval commander due to battle wounds with the defense being commanded by marine officers but the factual real life scenario was that Commander Winfield S. Cunningham survived the battle and the war.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onOctober 26, 1942 with Brian Donlevy and Robert Preston reprising their film roles.
In a "History Channel" special called "Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific", the survivors of the conflict called this movie one of the greatest works of fiction ever produced by Hollywood, especially because the movie portrays that there were no survivors.
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