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Tarawa Beachhead (1958)

A marine sergeant witnesses a captain kill one of their men at Guadalcanal to cover his own incompetence, and fears he won't be believed because of rank, so finds the captain has gotten him... See full summary »

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Paul Wendkos
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kerwin Mathews ... Sgt. Thomas A. 'Tom' Sloan
Julie Adams ... Ruth Nelson Campbell
Ray Danton ... Lt. Joel Brady
Karen Sharpe ... Paula Nelson
Onslow Stevens ... Gen. Nathan Keller
Russell Thorson ... Casey Nelson
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Lt. Lou Gideon
John Baer ... Johnny Campbell
Michael Garth Michael Garth ... Maj. Westerly (as Mike Garth)
Larry Thor Larry Thor ... Col. Kempler
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A marine sergeant witnesses a captain kill one of their men at Guadalcanal to cover his own incompetence, and fears he won't be believed because of rank, so finds the captain has gotten him assigned to his next command plus is cozying up to the family of his victim. Written by Rich Wannen <Wannen@swbell.net>

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The Fiercest Battle Ever Fought - Or Filmed! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brückenkopf Tarawa See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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The scene in the opening credits, where troops are storming a blockhouse set on a knoll, is lifted from Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), starring John Wayne (I). See more »

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Good acting enhances B-movie war escapade
22 May 2003 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

A good story, a little tepid, but with a nice twist at the end. Kerwin Matthews (the best Sinbad), Ray Danton (Legs Diamond), and Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon) don't exactly form a triangle. Matthews gets to display the anger missing from his fantasy roles, Danton makes a complex bad guy, and Adams is gorgeous and sincere, a 50's version of Jennifer Conelly. Screenplay has some good lines (but not enough) by Richard Alan Simmons who wrote Incredible Shrinking Man (but not its story). If you like the actors, worth checking out.


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