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The Battle of Midway (1942)

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The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

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John Ford (as Lt. Cmdr. John Ford U.S.N.R.)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Narrator (voice)
Jane Darwell ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Logan Ramsey Logan Ramsey ... Himself
James Roosevelt James Roosevelt ... Himself - US Army Major (as Major Roosevelt)
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Storyline

On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Documentary | Short | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha de Midway See more »

Filming Locations:

Midway Islands

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Production Co:

United States Navy See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Fonda, one of the film's narrators, played Admiral Nimitz in the film Midway (1976). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Why that's young Will Kenny. He's from my hometown - Springfield, Ohio. He's not going to fly that great big bomber?
Narrator: Why yes, ma'am. That's his job. He's a skipper.
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Referenced in Five Came Back: The Mission Begins (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Army Air Corps Song
(1939) (uncredited0
("Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder")
(also called "The Army Air Force" (1939))
Written by Captain Robert Crawford
Played in the score
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Ford WW2 short
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Battle of Midway, The (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Henry Fonda and Donald Crisp add narration to the battle scenes shot by John Ford where the director was even wounded by enemy fire. There's really no story being told in this documentary but instead we just see a part of history in beautiful Technicolor. God knows everyone has seen countless war films but there's something unique seeing real ones here. They certainly look a lot different than what we've seen in countless fake movies.

Ford's World War 2 shorts are out there in various forms ranging from public domain companies to the Ford at Fox set. Quality various but the version in the Fox set is the best.


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