|AWAY ALL BOATS (director: Joseph Peveney; screenwriter: novel by Kenneth M. Dodson/Ted Sherdeman; cinematographer: William Daniels; editor: Ted J. Kent; music: Frank Skinner; cast: Jeff Chandler (Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks), George Nader (Lieut. Dave MacDougall), Julie Adams (Nadine MacDougall), Lex Barker (Commander Quigley), Keith Andes (Dr. Bell), Richard Boone (Lieut. Fraser), William Reynolds (Ensign Kruger); Charles McGraw (Lieut. Mike O'Bannion), David Janssen (Talker), Jock Mahoney (Alvick), (Old Man); Runtime: 114; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Howard Christie; MCA Universal Home Video; 1956)|
|"Routine war drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
preachy standard-issue gung-ho WW2 patriotic drama,
with its psyche embedded in a different time
frame. The high-budget war film tells of the
adventures of a small transport boat, Belinda, in the
Pacific. Joseph Peveney ("The Street With No
Name"/"Body and Soul"/"Nocturne") gets good action
sequences out of this routine war drama. It's written
by Ted Sherdeman, and is based
on the novel by Kenneth M. Dodson.
tough-minded Captain Hawks (Jeff Chandler) and his
inexperienced crew patrol on the Pacific, in
1943, in the Belinda, a US Navy attack
transport boat. They see plenty of combat
action. That includes battles on the sea and with
kamikaze pilot attacks. Hawks keeps his undisciplined
sailors edgy by allowing them to express hatred
against his rigid command. The Captain, in the end,
makes the men into fighters and completes his mission,
as he earns their respect for all that he accomplishes
by shooting for excellence at all costs.
REVIEWED ON 2/8/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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