Guadalcanal Diary

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Guadalcanal Diary is a 1943 movie directed by Lewis Seiler starring Anthony Quinn and William Bendix. It is based on the book of the same name by Richard Tregaskis. Being a wartime production one can not expect an unbiased analysis of the fighting on Guadalcanal. It is more or less a propaganda vehicle, still it is a solid war movie.gdcdcover1

PQ of the DVD is very nice considering the age of the source material and it can be found very cheap too. The only noteworthy extra is a Theatrical Trailer.

Synopsis from the DVD:

Send In The Marines!

Based on the best seller of the same name, Guadalcanal Diary is one of the greatest war movies of all time. This strikingly realistic film follows a devoted platoon of Marines through the terrors of war in the South Pacific.
The all-star cast includes Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Preston Foster and Anthony Quinn as soldiers battling disease, treacherous terrain and unrelenting weather, as well as a human enemy. Poignantly narrated, and with explosive action rooted in a solid historical context, Guadalcanal Diary is action-packed entertainment from beginning to end.”

Of course being a movie from 1943 there was not much need for crappy repro gear šŸ˜€ Interestingly the packs are assembled correctly (contrary to HBOs The Pacific) and you can see various hunting knives in use which is a cool detail. All in all a good representation of the early USMC gear. Sadly the gear of the Japanese side is quite horrible for the most part, wrong helmets, wrong weapons, well almost wrong everything

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Interesting Japanese Machinegun šŸ˜†

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Trailer, quality is quite bad unfortunately. PQ of the DVD is much much better

Some nice colorized lobby cards:

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~ by m1pencil on March 23, 2013.

3 Responses to “Guadalcanal Diary”

  1. Not the first time that I follow your lead and end up buying your recomendations.

  2. Propaganda Films!!!! šŸ˜€

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