Review: ‘Gung Ho!’

Randolph Scott has the lead in this story, adapted from what is said to be a factual account written by Lieut W.S. Le Francois, USMC.

Randolph Scott has the lead in this story, adapted from what is said to be a factual account written by Lieut W.S. Le Francois, USMC.

Pertinently, it’s the story of how, out of thousands of trainees, a picked group of Marines is slated for a special mission – the first raid on [the tiny Pacific] Makin Island. It’s an at-times loosely written script. The ‘boot training’ preliminaries to the raid are just so much of a wait, but the actual attack has its compensating and exciting moments.

Scott gives one of his usually fine heroic performances, while J. Carrol Naish is a tough lieutenant who, somehow, doesn’t look the part. Noah Beery Jr and David Bruce play half-brothers in a heat ver the same blonde (Grace McDonald). Sam Levene, in a small role as a sergeant, is best of the support.

The direction has geared the pic for pace but some of that dialog is strictly for the younger element. The story has been needlessly glamorized, and it’s here that it bogs down. It has a love yarn where one need not necessarily exist.

Gung Ho!

Production

Universal. Director Ray Enright; Producer Walter Wanger; Screenplay Lucien Hubbard, Joseph Hoffman; Camera Milton Krasner; Editor Milton Carruth; Music Frank Skinner

Crew

(B&W) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Randolph Scott Grace McDonald Noah Beery Jr J. Carrol Naish Robert Mitchum Rod Cameron
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