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Donovan's Reef (1963) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford.

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Ameilia Sarah Dedham: [reading inscription on monument] Princess Manulani, Commander William... Dedham? Michael Patrick Donovan... Thomas Al-oy-si-us Gilhooley...
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Thomas Aloysius Gilhooley!
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Does this mean there was actual fighting on this island?
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Well, those gold stars don't stand for good behavior.
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Well, tell me.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: There's not much to tell. We got blown off our can... that's a destroyer, ended up here on the island. There was a big Jap base down there. So, we hid out back here in the hills... down in those caves. Tossed a few monkey wrenches into their machinery, threw 'em a few spitballs.
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Hard to believe that war has ever been within a thousand miles of a place as peaceful as this.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Yeah, well, frangipani and flame-throwers don't seem to go together, but that's the way it was.


Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: [Sending Morse Code message to Doc] Let's have it.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: [Reads note from Gilhooley] "Doc, Mayday, your Boston dotter here." Dotter, D-O-T-T-E-R.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: That's right. Two T's.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Insert name of? Her name's Amelia!
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: How do I know? I ain't shackin' up with her!


Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: [oft repeated line] Pax?


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Patrick Wayne, John Wayne's son, has a small cameo - he plays the Australian Shore Patrol officer that breaks up the final fight.
During the scene where Amelia is wishing to "charter the Araner", Donovan states that he owns the Araner and a boat named the Inisfree. Inisfree is the name of the village in Ireland in which The Quiet Man, another John Wayne / John Ford film, takes place.
In the beginning, Gilhooley tells the captain who "shanghai'd" him that they were supposed to be at the island "on the 7th". Taking into account the time-line of the movie, ending on Christmas, that would make Donovan and Gilhooley's birthday as December 7th, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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