Gung Ho! [DVD] [1943]

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Gung Ho!
Accepted in 1943 as standard wartime propaganda, Gung Ho can be seen today as an outrageous exercise in raging machismo. Randolph Scott plays Thorwald, a marine colonel assigned to assemble a crack squadron of fearless jungle fighters for the all-important raid on Japanese-held Makim Island (which in real life was recaptured only a few weeks before the film's release). Thorwald seems determine to select the dregs of the earth for this mission: most of his squadron is comprised of misfits, barroom brawlers, borderline psychos and outright murderers. It is suggested that these sociopaths are the only men truly qualified for the mission at hand, and by film's end the squadron members-living and dead-are lauded as true-blue patriots. Once one gets past the questionable premise, Gung Ho is a fairly exciting WWII melodrama, with a particularly thrilling climax. The film is currently available in its original form and in a computer-colorized version. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Randolph Scott
    Randolph Scott - Col. Thorwald
  • Grace McDonald
    Grace McDonald - Kathleen Corrigan
  • Alan Curtis
    Alan Curtis - John Harbison
  • Noah Beery, Jr.
    Noah Beery, Jr. - Kurt Richter
  • J. Carrol Naish
    J. Carrol Naish - Lt. Cristoforos

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