Wake Island ★★★ 1942
After Pearl Harbor, a small group of Marines face the onslaught of the Japanese fleet on a small Pacific Island. Although doomed, they hold their ground for 16 days. Exciting, realistic, and moving. The first film to capitalize on early “last stands” of WWII; also among the most popular war movies. Shown to soldiers in training camps with great morale-raising success. 88m/B VHS, DVD . Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, William Bendix, MacDonald Carey, Albert Dekker, Walter Abel, Rod Cameron, Barbara Britton, Mikhail Rasumny, Bill Goodwin, Damian O'Flynn, Frank Albertson, Hugh Beaumont, Hillary Brooke, James Brown, Don Castle, Frank Faylen, Mary Field, William Forrest, Alan Hale Jr., Charles Trow-bridge, Philip Van Zandt, Phillip Terry; D: John Farrow; W: W.R. Burnett, Frank Butler; C: William Mellor, Theodor Sparkuhl; M: David Buttolph. N.Y. Film Critics ‘42: Director (Farrow).